from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or having to do with heathens.
- adj. Uncouth; barbarous.
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- adj. Sort-of or somewhat like a heathen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the heathen; resembling or characteristic of heathens.
- adj. Rude; uncivilized; savage; cruel.
- adj. Irreligious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to gentiles or pagans; characteristic of or practised by the heathen: as, heathenish rites.
- Hence Uncivilized; uncultured; rude; savage; degraded; cruel.
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- adj. not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
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Sabbath, they inserted a clause for the taking down of maypoles, which they called a heathenish vanity.
Look back at the passage on the first page of this chapter: the Old Testament church both created and borrowed Gehenna, its idea of a hell, from its surrounding countries and so-called heathenish cultures.
Every - thing which recalled a heathenish idol-cult was re - jected, and the meaning of imago was limited mainly to painted images, which being flat and therefore not similar materially to what they represented, suggested only the shape of divine figures.
This practice of sitting up all night with the dying, H.W. justly enough condemns as "heathenish:" "The houses cannot hold them all, of course, and they sit round out-of-doors in the street, the younger ones often falling asleep on the ground, and then they 'hab fever.'"
Doctrine, and prefer to regard it as a "heathenish" teaching, still the fact remains that the careful and unprejudiced student will find indisputable evidence in the writings of the Early Christian Fathers pointing surely to the conclusion that the doctrine of Metempsychosis was believed and taught in the Inner Circle of the Early Church.
No one listens now to the precipitate ignorance which would set aside as "heathenish" the high civilization of this great race; but justice is not yet done to their past development and present capacities.
_ Pray thee, Doralice, why do we quarrel thus a-days? ha! this is but a kind of heathenish life, and does not answer the ends of marriage.
The writer calls booing a "silly custom" that is "heathenish," and then makes a plea.
Massachusetts spurned "heathenish" practices to such a degree that it stopped using names for the days of the week, referring to them only by numbers.
Namely, it appears as though Paul borrowed in bulk from the writings of Epicurus, a historically maligned Greek philosopher (much of that maligning came from later Christians seeking to cover-up the heathenish connection) who emerged during the rise of Alexander in the 4th Century B.C.