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pa·gan

pagan

 
pronunciation:
peI gn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who practices a religion that worships many gods.
definition 2: a person outside of accepted Western religions; one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; heathen.
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derivations: paganist (adj.), paganistic (adj.), paganism (n.), paganist (n.)
Word History
Pagan comes from a Latin word that means "a villager." In later Latin it also meant "heathen." After Christianity became an established religion, those who continued to practice the old religions were usually from country villages.
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