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- n. The state of being heathen.
- n. From one religion's or creed's perspective, the rest of the world that does not follow that creed or religion.
- n. Specifically, the non-Christian world; territories where Christianity is not the dominant religion.
- n. The worldwide community that follows Heathenry, a modern pagan faith inspired by the pre-Christian religions of Germanic tribes, Anglo-Saxons and Norse peoples.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of the world where heathenism prevails; the heathen nations, considered collectively.
- n. Heathenism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of a heathen; heathenism.
- n. Those parts of the world in which heathenism prevails: opposed to Christendom.
- n. Heathen nations or peoples regarded collectively.
Compound of heathen plus -dom, as it were continuing Old English hǣðendōm, although the Old English word appears to have died out in Middle English, and heathendom was coined anew after Christendom around 1850. OED records a single attestation in the period between 1230 and 1840, a (nonce?) occurrence in J. Law, Proposals and reasons for constituting a council of trade in Scotland (1701, p. 233). Otherwise replaced by heathenism in the 17th and 18th centuries. (Wiktionary)