noun pa·gan \ˈpā-gən\

Definition of PAGAN

:  heathen 1; especially :  a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome)
:  one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods :  an irreligious or hedonistic person
:  neo-pagan
pagan adjective
pa·gan·ish \-gə-nish\ adjective

Examples of PAGAN

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

Origin 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

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with PAGAN

PAGANISH Defined for Kids


noun pa·gan \ˈpā-gən\

Definition of PAGAN for Kids

:  2heathen 1



Definition of PAGAN for Kids

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


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