So when that bible pounder decides to "save" you, and tell you exactly what being an "atheist" is, you can shot back with both barrels. LOCK AND LOAD!
–noun a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being
1565–75; < Gk áthe ( os ) godless + -ist
—Related forms an·ti·a·the·ist, noun, adjective pro·a·the·ist, noun, adjective
—Can be confused: agnostic, atheist, deist, theist(see synonym note at this entry ).
Atheist, agnostic, infidel, skeptic refer to persons not inclined toward religious
belief or a particular form of religious belief. An atheist is one who denies
the existence of a deity or of divine beings. An agnostic is one who believes it
impossible to know anything about God or about the creation of the universe
and refrains from commitment to any religious doctrine. Infidel means an
unbeliever, especially a nonbeliever in Islam or Christianity. A skeptic doubts
and is critical of all accepted doctrines and creeds.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.
n. One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.
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Word Origin & History
1570s, from Fr. athéiste (16c.), from Gk. atheos "to deny the gods, godless," from a- "without" + theos "a god" (see Thea). A slightly earlier form is represented by atheonism (1530s) which is perhaps from It. atheo "atheist.
Related: Atheistic (1630s). Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper