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heathen

hea·then

heathen

 
pronunciation:
hi thn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
inflections: heathen, heathens
definition 1: someone who is regarded as being outside a given religious orthodoxy, esp. one not converted to Christianity, Judaism, or Islam; unconverted person.
definition 2: such persons referred to collectively.
Under religious law, the heathen are unclean.
definition 3: someone who is considered uncivilized and lacking in acceptably enlightened values; barbarian.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to the heathens.
definition 2: not considered civilized, esp. not acceptably enlightened with respect to religious practice.
a heathen ritual of trial by fire
derivations: heathenish (adj.), heathenism (n.)
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