- of or relating to heathens: heathenish practices of idolatry.
- like or befitting heathens; barbarous.
Origin of heathenish
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Examples from the Web for heathenish
And I might call it a heathenish dish, which no true Christian man could eat.Strife and Peace
He was supposed, by this, to be engaged in the performance of some heathenish incantation.Captain Cook
Do I believe that she is wild, unwomanly, heathenish, as Mrs. Danby says?Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
And if this heathenish leaven is going to rise in him I'll have to struggle hard with him!Foma Gordyeff
It is so heathenish, as it were,—so unlike all the snugness of our modern civilization!The Marble Faun, Volume II.
- of, relating to, or resembling a heathen or heathen culture
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Word Origin and History for heathenish
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