[pey-guh-niz-uh m]


pagan spirit or attitude in religious or moral questions.
the beliefs or practices of pagans.
the state of being a pagan.

Nearby words

  1. pagad,
  2. pagan,
  3. pagandom,
  4. paganini,
  5. paganini, niccolò,
  6. paganize,
  7. page,
  8. page description language,
  9. page printer,
  10. page proof

Origin of paganism

1400–50; late Middle English pāgānysme < Late Latin pāgānismus, equivalent to Latin pāgān(us) pagan + -ismus -ism

Related formspa·gan·ist, adjective, nounpa·gan·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for paganist



early 15c., from Church Latin paganismus, from paganus (see pagan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper