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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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Examples from the Web for paganistic

Historical Examples

  • And, though very ignorant and superstitious, the result of his paganistic worship, vice and immorality was to him almost unknown.

    Twentieth Century Negro Literature

    Various


Word Origin and History for paganistic

paganism

n.

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

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