heathen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English hǣþen; akin to heath (heathland). Cognate with Dutch heiden, German Heide.

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Adjective[edit]

heathen (not comparable)

  1. Not adhering to Christian religion; pagan.
  2. (by extension) Uncultured; uncivilized; savage, philistine.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Heathen (pertaining or adhering to the Germanic neo-pagan faith Heathenry).

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Noun[edit]

heathen (plural heathen or heathens)

  1. A person who does not follow a Christian religion; a pagan.
    • V. Knox
      If it is no more than a moral discourse, he may preach it and they may hear it, and yet both continue unconverted heathens.
    • 1930, H. E. Bolton, Anza's California expeditions (volume 1, page 403)
      On hearing his cries two heathen who were hunting on the lagoon ran up, and they were bold enough to try to avenge the injury, making ready to shoot arrows at the soldiers, who fired two gunshots just to frighten them []
  2. (by extension) An uncultured or uncivilized person, philistine.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Heathen (an adherent of the Germanic neo-pagan faith of Heathenry).

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