[ hee-thuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈhi ðəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), hea·then·ized, hea·then·iz·ing.

to make heathen.

verb (used without object), hea·then·ized, hea·then·iz·ing.

to become heathen.
Also especially British, hea·then·ise.

Origin of heathenize

First recorded in 1675–85; heathen + -ize
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Examples from the Web for heathenize

  • Instead of your Christianizing them, they will heathenize you.

    Around The Tea-Table|T. De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for heathenize



/ (ˈhiːðəˌnaɪz) /


to render or become heathen, or bring or come under heathen influence
(intr) to engage in heathen practices
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