From Ancient Greek ἄθεος (átheos, “without God/gods”). See atheist.
atheous (comparative more atheous, superlative most atheous)
- (obsolete) atheistic
1612, Hall, Joseph, “The Sages and the Star”, in Contemplations upon the principal passages of the holie storie:
It is an ignorant conceit, that enquiry into nature should make men atheous: no man is so apt to see the star of Christ, as a diligent disciple of philosophy.
1671, Milton, John, Paradise regain'd, a poem in IV books: to which is added Samson Agonistes, London: John Starkey, OL 13564188M, The First Book, page 487:
Thy Father, who is holy, wiſe and pure,
Suffers the Hypocrite or Atheous Prieſt
To tread his Sacred Courts...
1792, Lloyd, David, The Voyage of Life: A Poem. in Nine Books, volume 3, C. Dilly, page 46:
In atheous men conscience becomes a scourge.
- (obsolete) Without God, neither accepting nor denying him.
- Bishop of Carlisle
- I should say science was atheous, and therefore could not be atheistic.