heathen


1hea·then

adjective \ˈhē-thən\

Definition of HEATHEN

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

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 ̄then; akin to Old High German heidan heathen, and probably to Old English ̄th heath
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

2heathen

noun
plural heathens or heathen

Definition of HEATHEN

1
:  an unconverted member of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of the Bible
2
:  an uncivilized or irreligious person
hea·then·dom \-dəm\ noun
hea·then·ism \-thə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
hea·then·ize \-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.>

First Known Use of HEATHEN

before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: heathenesse
Previous Word in the Dictionary: heath cypress
All Words Near: heathen

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up heathen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).