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[pey-nim] /ˈpeɪ nɪm/
noun, Archaic.
a pagan or heathen.
a Muslim.
pagandom; heathendom.
Origin of paynim
1200-50; Middle English: pagan (noun and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism
Related forms
paynimhood, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • And although he were a paynim, nevertheless he served well God after his law.

  • A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land from the paynim.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Indeed, paynim fleets plundered the place more than once, and massacred the monks in cold blood.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • I allowed if the paynim was satisfied I was, and we would let it stand at that.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Job was a paynim, and he was Aram of Gosre, his son, and held that land as prince of that country.

  • There were three died in the Holy Land doing battle with the paynim.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Her father held a great feast in honour of Nicolette, and would have married her to a mighty king of paynim.

  • How can we return with all the paynim nations jeering at us, crying, 'See!

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • This Christian champions did and paynim, too, according to their custom.

  • He could not help himself, when the paynim burnt him: and how can he help us?

British Dictionary definitions for paynim


noun (archaic)
a heathen or pagan
a Muslim
Word Origin
C13: from Old French paienime, from Late Latin pāgānismus paganism, from pāgānuspagan
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Word Origin and History for paynim

mid-13c., "heathen lands," from Old French paienime, paienisme "heathen, pagan; Saracen lands or culture or faith," from Late Latin paganismus "heathendom" (Augustine), from paganus "heathen" (see pagan); mistaken meaning "a heathen person" (late 14c., also in Old French) is via phrases such as paynim lands.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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