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paynim

[pey-nim] /ˈpeɪ nɪm/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a pagan or heathen.
2.
a Muslim.
3.
pagandom; heathendom.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English: pagan (noun and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism
Related forms
paynimhood, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for paynim

paynim

/ˈpeɪnɪm/
noun (archaic)
1.
a heathen or pagan
2.
a Muslim
Word Origin
C13: from Old French paienime, from Late Latin pāgānismus paganism, from pāgānuspagan
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Word Origin and History for paynim
paynim
mid-13c., "heathen lands," from O.Fr. paienime, from L.L. paganismus "heathendom" (Augustine), from paganus "heathen" (see pagan); mistaken meaning "a heathen person" (late 14c.) is via phrases such as paynim lands.
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