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paganism

[pey-guh-niz-uh m] /ˈpeɪ gəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
pagan spirit or attitude in religious or moral questions.
2.
the beliefs or practices of pagans.
3.
the state of being a pagan.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English pāgānysme < Late Latin pāgānismus, equivalent to Latin pāgān(us) pagan + -ismus -ism
Related forms
paganist, adjective, noun
paganistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for paganism
n.

early 15c., from Church Latin paganismus, from paganus (see pagan).

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