from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to, characteristic of or adhering to non-Abrahamist religions, especially earlier polytheism.
- adj. 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. An uncivilized or unsocialized person
- n. Especially an unruly, badly educated child.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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, .
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.