[ hee-thuh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈhi ðəˌnɪz əm /


a belief or practice of heathens; idolatry.
barbaric morals or behavior; barbarism.

Nearby words

  1. heath, sir edward richard george,
  2. heathberry,
  3. heathen,
  4. heathendom,
  5. heathenish,
  6. heathenize,
  7. heather,
  8. heathery,
  9. heathfowl,
  10. heathy

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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