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heathen

[ hee-thuhn ]
/ 藞hi 冒蓹n /
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noun, plural hea路thens, hea路then.
(in historical contexts) a member of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible; a pagan.
Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
  2. an irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized person.
adjective
(in historical contexts) of or relating to heathens; pagan.
Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. relating to a religion, person, or culture that is not Christian, Jewish, or Muslim.
  2. irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized.
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Origin of heathen

First recorded before 900; Middle English hethen, Old English h牵then, akin to German Heide, heidnisch (adjective), Old Norse heithingi (noun), heithinn (adjective), Gothic haithno (noun); perhaps akin to heath

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See pagan.

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British Dictionary definitions for heathen

heathen
/ (藞hi藧冒蓹n) /

noun plural -thens or -then
a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam; pagan
an uncivilized or barbaric person
the heathen (functioning as plural) heathens collectively
adjective
irreligious; pagan
unenlightened; uncivilized; barbaric
of or relating to heathen peoples or their religious, moral, and other customs, practices, and beliefs

Derived forms of heathen

heathenism or heathenry, nounheathenness, noun

Word Origin for heathen

Old English h牵then; related to Old Norse heithinn, Old Frisian h膿thin, Old High German heidan
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