paynimhood

paynim

[pey-nim]
noun Archaic.
1.
a pagan or heathen.
2.
a Muslim.
3.
pagandom; heathendom.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English: pagan (noun and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism

paynimhood, noun
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paynim (ˈpeɪnɪm)
 
n
1.  a heathen or pagan
2.  a Muslim
 
[C13: from Old French paienime, from Late Latin pāgānismus paganism, from pāgānuspagan]

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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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