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pagan

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noun pa·gan \ˈpā-gən\

Definition of pagan

  1. 1 :  heathen 1; especially :  a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome)

  2. 2 :  one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods :  an irreligious or hedonistic person

  3. 3 :  neo-pagan

pagan

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paganish

play \-gə-nish\ adjective


Examples of pagan in a sentence

  1. <the Spanish conquistadores regarded the native peoples of the lands that they conquered as pagans who were uncivilized and inherently inferior>



Origin and Etymology of pagan

Middle English, from Late Latin paganus, from Latin, civilian, country dweller, from pagus country district; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact


First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with pagan


PAGAN Defined for Kids

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pagan

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noun pa·gan \ˈpā-gən\

Definition of pagan for Students

  1. :  2heathen 1




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pagan

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adjective pa·gan

Definition of pagan for Students

  1. :  of or relating to heathens or their worship :  heathen <a pagan temple>





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