[hee-thuh-niz-uh m]

Origin of heathenism

First recorded in 1595–1605; heathen + -ism
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Word Origin and History for heathenism

c.1600, from heathen + -ism. An Old English word for it was hæðennes, and a later one was heathenry (1560s).

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