[ hee-thuh-nish ]
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  1. of or relating to heathens: heathenish practices of idolatry.

  2. like or befitting heathens; barbarous.

Origin of heathenish

before 900; Old English hǣthenisc.See heathen, -ish1

Other words from heathenish

  • hea·then·ish·ly, adverb
  • hea·then·ish·ness, noun

Words Nearby heathenish

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How to use heathenish in a sentence

  • "This heathenish practice is a disgraceful stain upon the escutcheon of our State," said Ida.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • Oh, in a kind of a heathenish, out-of-the-way place, and teaches school for a living.

    The English Orphans | Mary Jane Holmes
  • Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.

  • That's a heathenish word, Tony, and most unsuited to be used in thankfulness for God's blessings.

    Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
  • Therefore such heathenish lamentations were to be henceforward out of place.

British Dictionary definitions for heathenish


/ (ˈhiːðənɪʃ) /

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a heathen or heathen culture

Derived forms of heathenish

  • heathenishly, adverb
  • heathenishness, noun

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