heathenism

heathenism

[hee-thuh-niz-uhm]
noun
1.
a belief or practice of heathens; idolatry.
2.
barbaric morals or behavior; barbarism.

Origin:
1595–1605; heathen + -ism

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heathen (ˈhiːðən)
 
n , pl -thens, -then
1.  a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam; pagan
2.  an uncivilized or barbaric person
3.  (functioning as plural) the heathen heathens collectively
 
adj
4.  irreligious; pagan
5.  unenlightened; uncivilized; barbaric
6.  of or relating to heathen peoples or their religious, moral, and other customs, practices, and beliefs
 
[Old English hǣthen; related to Old Norse heithinn, Old Frisian hēthin, Old High German heidan]
 
'heathenism
 
n
 
'heathenry
 
n
 
'heathenness
 
n

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