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heathenize

[hee-thuh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), hea·then·ized, hea·then·iz·ing.
  1. to make heathen.
verb (used without object), hea·then·ized, hea·then·iz·ing.
  1. to become heathen.
Also especially British, hea·then·ise.

Origin of heathenize

First recorded in 1675–85; heathen + -ize
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Examples from the Web for heathenize

Historical Examples

  • Instead of your Christianizing them, they will heathenize you.

    Around The Tea-Table

    T. De Witt Talmage


British Dictionary definitions for heathenize

heathenize

heathenise

verb
  1. to render or become heathen, or bring or come under heathen influence
  2. (intr) to engage in heathen practices
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