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pa·gan

 (pā′gən)
n.
1. An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
2. A Neopagan.
3. Offensive
a. One who has no religion.
b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
4. A hedonist.

[Middle English, from Late Latin pāgānus, from Latin, country-dweller, civilian, from pāgus, country, rural district; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

pa′gan adj.
pa′gan·dom (-dəm) n.
pa′gan·ism n.

pagan

(ˈpeɪɡən)
n
1. (Theology) 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. (Theology) 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]
ˈpagandom n
ˈpaganish adj
ˈpaganism n
ˈpaganist adj, n
ˌpaganˈistic adj
ˌpaganˈistically adv

pa•gan

(ˈpeɪ gən)

n.
1. one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
2. a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; heathen.
3. an irreligious or hedonistic person.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to pagans or their religion.
5. irreligious or hedonistic.
[1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Late Latin pāgānus worshiper of false gods, orig. civilian (i.e., not a soldier of Christ), Latin: peasant, n. use of pāgānus rural, civilian, derivative of pāgus village, rural district; see -an1]
pa′gan•ish, adj.
pa′gan•ism, n.
pa′gan•dom, n.
syn: See heathen.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pagan - a person who does not acknowledge your godpagan - a person who does not acknowledge your god
nonreligious person - a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity
paynim - a heathen; a person who is not a Christian (especially a Muslim)
idol worshiper, idolater, idoliser, idolizer - a person who worships idols
2.pagan - a person who follows a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion (not a Christian or Muslim or Jew)
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
Wiccan, witch - a believer in Wicca
3.pagan - someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
sensualist - a person who enjoys sensuality
Corinthian, man-about-town, playboy - a man devoted to the pursuit of pleasure
Adj.1.pagan - not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion

pagan

adjective
1. heathen, infidel, irreligious, polytheistic, idolatrous, heathenish Britain's ancient pagan heritage
noun
1. heathen, infidel, unbeliever, polytheist, idolater He has been a practising pagan for years.
Translations
عابِد الأوثانوَثَني
pohan
hedenskhedning
pakanapakanallinenuuspakana
istentelenpogány
heiîingi; trúleysingiheiîinn
pagoniųpagonybėstabmeldys

pagan

[ˈpeɪgən]
A. ADJpagano
B. Npagano/a m/f

pagan

[ˈpeɪgən]
adj [gods, religion, traditions, beliefs] → païen(ne)
npaïen(ne) m/f

pagan

adjheidnisch
nHeide m, → Heidin f

pagan

[ˈpeɪgən] adj & npagano/a

pagan

(ˈpeigən) adjective
not belonging to any of the major world religions. pagan tribes; pagan gods.
noun
a person who does not belong to any of the major world religions.
ˈpaganism noun
References in classic literature ?
All these strange antics were accompanied by still stranger guttural noises from the devotee, who seemed to be praying in a sing-song or else singing some pagan psalmody or other, during which his face twitched about in the most unnatural manner.
And let no man doubt this Arkite story; for in the ancient Joppa, now Jaffa, on the Syrian coast, in one of the Pagan temples, there stood for many ages the vast skeleton of a whale, which the city's legends and all the inhabitants asserted to be the identical bones of the monster that Perseus slew.
She is all energy, and spirit, and sunshine, and interest in everybody and everything, and pours out her prodigal love upon every creature that will take it, high or low, Christian or pagan, feathered or furred; and none has declined it to date, and none ever will, I think.
Whoever could ravish a column from a pagan temple, did it and contributed his swag to this Christian one.
Bankruptcy must inevitably have come of this young Pagan, in Lombard-street, London, and also of a curtained alcove in the rear of the immortal boy, and also of a looking-glass let into the wall, and also of clerks not at all old, who danced in public on the slightest provocation.
And then there's that woman with the Pagan name,' said my aunt,
Our loves had been discovered, and my mother had shuddered to think that so pagan a thing had lived so long in a Christian house.
They are at enmity," replied Don Quixote, "because this Alifanfaron is a furious pagan and is in love with the daughter of Pentapolin, who is a very beautiful and moreover gracious lady, and a Christian, and her father is unwilling to bestow her upon the pagan king unless he first abandons the religion of his false prophet Mahomet, and adopts his own.
When a great misfortune happens, charity, which is divine love, and as blind as pagan love, ought not to look into the causes of it.
Is there fate amongst us still, send down from the pagan world of old, that such things must be, and in such way?
I do not ask you for liberty, as a guilty one would, nor for vengeance, as would a pagan.
He had fought like a pagan who de- fends his religion.