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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 of paganism
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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  • And, though very ignorant and superstitious, the result of his paganistic worship, vice and immorality was to him almost unknown.

Word Origin and History for paganistic

paganism

n.

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

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