Well, I've yet to see an outspoken atheist profess that life is apparently meaningless. It's usually the direct opposite I see.
By contrast however, I have seen more than a few religious people say life would be meaningless if God didn't exist, or that they wish the biblical apocalypse would happen already so they can be raptured or whatever. Granted the latter is far more rare than the former.
The word nihilism has a much wider meaning with different connotations. I think you are referring to metaphysical nihilism in the present context. The metaphysical nihilism implies that nothing exists as a correspondent component of the self-sufficient world. Its extreme form denies all existence. Many religious scholars term the Buddhism a nihilistic religion, probably because of its concept of interdependent origination of everything in existence.
Atheism means non-belief in God or a Supreme Power, though earlier it meant that there is no God.
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