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heathenize

[hee-th uh-nahyz] /ˈhi ðəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), heathenized, heathenizing.
1.
to make heathen.
verb (used without object), heathenized, heathenizing.
2.
to become heathen.
Also, especially British, heathenise.
Origin of heathenize
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; heathen + -ize
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  • Instead of your Christianizing them, they will heathenize you.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for heathenize

heathenize

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