paganism

[ pey-guh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈpeɪ gəˌnɪz əm /

noun

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

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Origin of paganism

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

OTHER WORDS FROM paganism

pa·gan·ist, adjective, nounpa·gan·is·tic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for paganism

  • And, though very ignorant and superstitious, the result of his paganistic worship, vice and immorality was to him almost unknown.