American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew, especially an adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity.
- n. A Neo-Pagan.
- n. Offensive One who has no religion.
- n. Offensive A non-Christian.
- n. A hedonist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is not a Christian or a member of a Christian community; in a later narrower sense, one who does not worship the true God—that is, is not a Christian, a Jew, or a Mohammedan; a heathen. See the quotation from Trench; see also paynim.
- n. A heathenish or ungodly person; in old slang, a prostitute.
- n. Synonyms Heathen, etc. See gentile, n.
- Pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion which is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Mohammedan; heathenish; irreligious.
- adj. Relating to, characteristic of or adhering to non-Abrahamist religions, especially earlier polytheism.
- adj. by extension Savage, immoral, uncivilized, wild.
- n. A person not adhering to any major or recognized religion, especially a heathen or non-Abrahamist, follower of a pantheistic or nature-worshipping religion, neopagan.
- n. by extension An uncivilized or unsocialized person
- n. Especially an unruly, badly educated child.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who worships false gods; an idolater; a heathen; one who is neither a Christian, a Mohammedan, nor a Jew.
- adj. Of or pertaining to pagans; relating to the worship or the worshipers of false goods; heathen; idolatrous, .
- n. someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
- n. a person who does not acknowledge your god
- n. a person who follows a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion (not a Christian or Muslim or Jew)
- adj. not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
- Recorded in English since c1375. From Latin pāgānus ("rural, rustic"), later "civilian". The meaning "not (Judeo-)Christian" arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning, which in Roman army jargon meant 'clumsy'. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin pāgānus, from Latin, country-dweller, civilian, from pāgus, country, rural district. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word pagan comes from the Latin word paganus, meaning “country dweller,” or peasant.”
“Linguistically, the word pagan derives from the Latin word "paganus", which means "a villager", or a "country dweller".”
“Mr. Caldigate should be what he called a pagan had been represented by Mr. Bromley to his friends as a great misfortune, and especially”
“In spite of the fact that he was an Asiatic by nature, he despised what he called the pagan ceremonies of the ritualists, and distrusted what he felt to be the atheistic tendency of science.”
“The worship of all other gods the Christians held to be sinful idol-worship, a deadly sin in the eyes of God, and they were willing to give up their lives rather than perform the simplest rite of what they termed pagan worship (R. 28).”
“These are not peculiar to what we call pagan people.”
“That Mr. Caldigate should be what he called a pagan had been represented by Mr. Bromley to his friends as a great misfortune, and especially a misfortune to the squire himself.”
“Other theories imply that the cross symbolizes the four quarters of the moon, important in pagan ritual.”
“And pagan is too generic, and I don't think appropriate for the story I need this for.”
“The word pagan simply means country-dweller, although many contemporary neo-pagans are urban dwellers, as were many pagans in classical times.”
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