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paganism

[pey-guh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. pagan spirit or attitude in religious or moral questions.
  2. the beliefs or practices of pagans.
  3. the state of being a pagan.

Origin of paganism

1400–50; late Middle English pāgānysme < Late Latin pāgānismus, equivalent to Latin pāgān(us) pagan + -ismus -ism
Related formspa·gan·ist, adjective, nounpa·gan·is·tic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for paganism

n.

early 15c., from Church Latin paganismus, from paganus (see pagan).

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