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heathenism

[hee-th uh-niz-uh m] /ˈhi ðəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
a belief or practice of heathens; idolatry.
2.
barbaric morals or behavior; barbarism.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; heathen + -ism
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Word Origin and History for heathenism
n.

c.1600, from heathen + -ism. An Old English word for it was hæðennes, and a later one was heathenry (1560s).

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