pagan


Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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 ?
I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.
So it would seem that what is Christian in it has been added long after the poem was first made, yet added before the people had forgotten their pagan ways.
Their belief in the Unseen, so far as it manifests itself at all, seems to be rather a pagan kind; their moral notions, though held with strong tenacity, seem to have no standard beyond hereditary custom.
Not much Anglo-Saxon poetry of the pagan period has come down to us.
All the country between the river Oby and the river Janezay is as entirely pagan, and the people as barbarous, as the remotest of the Tartars.
Or is it, after all, to quote him once more, that beyond those ever- recurring pagan misgivings, those pale pagan consolations, our generation feels yet cannot adequately express--
He left the basin on the ground, with which Don Quixote contented himself, saying that the pagan had shown his discretion and imitated the beaver, which finding itself pressed by the hunters bites and cuts off with its teeth that for which, by its natural instinct, it knows it is pursued.
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.
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.
These pagan stoics," said Brown reflectively, "always fail by their strength.
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.
His heroines especially exemplify it, and I should be safe in saying that his Ethelbertas, his Eustacias, his Elfridas, his Bathshebas, his Fancies, are wholly pagan.