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heathen

adjective

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not civilized
  • old missionaries who mistakenly thought that they were going off to China to tame the heathen hordes

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heathen

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of heathen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a person who does not worship the God of the Bible
  • a study of the beliefs and practices of ancient heathens

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  • Christian,
  • Jew,
  • Muslim
2 an uncivilized person
  • European colonizers, who considered the New World peoples to be heathens, forced them to conform to European ways

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“Heathen.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/heathen. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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