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atheism

Subject: Religion

The theory or belief that God does not exist. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via French) from Greek atheos, from a- ‘without’ + theos ‘god’.

Borrowings into English

Borrowings into English   Quick reference

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
Length:
1,624 words

...photon, rhinoceros, rhododendron, stigma, synthesis, thesis . 2 With Latin endings: brontosaurus, chrysanthemum, diplodocus, hippopotamus, Pliohippus . 3 Endings dropped or adapted: agnostic, agnosticism, alphabet, alphabetic, analyst, analytic, anthocyanin, astrobleme, atheism, automatic, biologist, biology, blasphemy, charismatic, chemotherapy, chronobiology, cinematography, critic, criticism, dinosaur, dogmatic, dogmatism, dramatic, dramatist, electric, electronic, enigmatic, epistemic, epistemology, gene, genetic, herpetology, narcolepsy, odyssey,...

Sophists

Sophists   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
1,400 words

...human creations intended to exercise control over human behavior. The subject of considerable controversy, these Sophistical doctrines have over time been explained in terms of such diverse philosophies as relativism, pragmatism, utilitarianism, empiricism, subjective idealism, atheism, and agnosticism. In light of the Sophists' doctrines, man is an entity not in himself but in his relations with others in the context of the city-state and its political, legal, and social institutions. Language not only regulates human relations and determines the structure of...

deism

deism  

Belief in a god who created the universe but does not govern worldly events, does not answer prayers, and has no direct involvement in human affairs. deist n. One who espouses deism. Compare ...
Thomas Harriot

Thomas Harriot  

(1560/61–1621),mathematician and astronomer. In 1585 he went on Ralegh's expedition to Virginia. His A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588) is one of the earliest examples ...

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