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heathen

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adjective hea·then \ˈhē-thən\

Definition of heathen

  1. 1 :  of or relating to heathens, their religions, or their customs

  2. 2 :  strange, uncivilized



Examples of heathen

  1. <old missionaries who mistakenly thought that they were going off to China to tame the heathen hordes>



Origin of heathen

Middle English hethen, from Old English hǣthen; akin to Old High German heidan heathen, and probably to Old English hǣth heath


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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heathen

noun hea·then

Definition of heathen

plural heathens or heathen

  1. 1 :  an unconverted member of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of the Bible

  2. 2 :  an uncivilized or irreligious person

hea·then·dom play \-dəm\ noun
hea·then·ism play \-thə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
hea·then·ize play \-thə-ˌnīz\ transitive verb


Examples of heathen

  1. <a missionary sent to distant lands to convert the heathens>

  2. <European colonizers, who considered the New World peoples to be heathens, forced them to conform to European ways.>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of heathen

before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



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