He strove to graft the morality and the organisation of Christianity on the stem of heathendom.
Tasso, at a later period, introduces the deities of heathendom.
Amzi, it was in my days of heathendom that I did it, thinking it a duty to Heaven.
How gross heathendom can be our missionaries from time to time reveal to us.
Some of us He has turned to madness and the vain babblings of heathendom.
For Holy Cross, and room to worship above the Baals of heathendom!
Rome was the central fortress of heathendom: to withdraw from it the Imperial Government was to deprive it of its ammunition.
There is no hope or possibility of advance on the side of any of the old forms of heathendom.
Similar cruelties existed among the Mexicans; and there are but too many traces of it throughout the history of heathendom.
These methods of christianity were in great contrast to those of heathendom.
Old English hæðen "not Christian or Jewish," also as a noun, "heathen man" (especially of the Danes), merged with Old Norse heiðinn (adj.) "heathen, pagan."
Perhaps literally "pertaining to one inhabiting uncultivated land," from heath + -en (2). But historically assumed to be from Gothic haiþno "gentile, heathen woman," used by Ulfilas in the first translation of the Bible into a Germanic language (cf. Mark vii:26, for "Greek"); if so it could be a derivative of Gothic haiþi "dwelling on the heath," but this sense is not recorded. It may have been chosen on model of Latin paganus, with its root sense of "rural" (see pagan), or for resemblance to Greek ethne (see gentile), or it may be a literal borrowing of that Greek word, perhaps via Armenian hethanos [Sophus Bugge]. Like other basic words for exclusively Christian ideas (e.g. church) it likely would have come first into Gothic and then spread to other Germanic languages.