paganism

paganism

[pey-guh-niz-uhm]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English pāgānysme < Late Latin pāgānismus, equivalent to Latin pāgān(us) pagan + -ismus -ism

paganist, adjective, noun
paganistic, adjective
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pagan (ˈpeɪɡən)
 
n
1.  a member of a group professing a polytheistic religion or any religion other than Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
2.  a person without any religion; heathen
 
adj
3.  of or relating to pagans or their faith or worship
4.  heathen; irreligious
 
[C14: from Church Latin pāgānus civilian (hence, not a soldier of Christ), from Latin: countryman, villager, from pāgus village]
 
'pagandom
 
n
 
'paganish
 
adj
 
'paganism
 
n
 
'paganist
 
adj, —n
 
pagan'istic
 
adj
 
pagan'istically
 
adv

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paganism
early 15c., from pagan + -ism.
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