[hee-th uh-niz-uh m]
- a belief or practice of heathens; idolatry.
- barbaric morals or behavior; barbarism.
Origin of heathenism
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Examples from the Web for heathenism
"Ay, there is nothing but heathenism to be learned from plays," replied he.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
But here the result of heathenism seems to be to destroy men's consciences.Things as They Are
What will happen when heathenism and the tribal system have vanished away?Impressions of South Africa
Here it was that Olaf had a strong fortress of heathenism to take by storm.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
This is the end of Græco-Roman heathenism, with its power, wisdom, and beauty.
Word Origin and History for heathenism
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