American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A non-Christian, especially a Muslim.
- n. Archaic A pagan or heathen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Paganism; heathenism; heathendom; heathen lands collectively.
- n. A pagan; a heathen.
- Pagan; heathen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- See painim.
- n. a heathen; a person who is not a Christian (especially a Muslim)
- From Anglo-Norman paienime, peinime et al., and Old French paienime, from Late Latin paganismus ("paganism"), from Latin paganus ("pagan"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English painim, from Old French paienime, heathendom, from Late Latin pāgānismus, from pāgānus, pagan; see pagan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Kenneth felt as if, in those wildernesses the waste and dry places in which the foul spirits were wont to wander when expelled the mortals whose forms they possessed, a bare-footed friar would have been a better associate than the gay but unbelieving paynim.”
““Thanks to the Prophet that hath so far honoured our mountains as to send from their bosom him whose word is victory,” answered the paynim.”
“They passed, like shadows, into the outer apartment, without disturbing the paynim Emir, who lay still buried in repose.”
““The anchorite whom I would now visit,” said the warlike pilgrim, “is, I have heard, no priest; but were he of that anointed and sacred order, I would prove with my good lance, against paynim and infidel —””
““And for grudging it,” said Tomalin Blacklees, “why shouldst thou grudge the poor paynim devil a drop of drink on earth, since thou knowest he is not to have a drop to cool the tip of his tongue through a long eternity?””
“To Rudeger she spake: “Had I not heard that he were a paynim, gladly would I go whithersoever he listed and would take him to my husband.””
“This Christian champions did and paynim, too, according to their custom.”
“Grendel's dog Lelaps was thinking of becoming a Muslim, but he found out that the paynim regard dogs as unclean animals.”
““Thou swearest thy gods in vain, foul paynim,” said”
“It was hard by her cottage that we saw our first mosque, which had begun by being a Gothic church, but had lost itself in paynim hands for centuries, in spite of the lamp always kept burning in it.”
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