paganism


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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.

paganism

1. a hedonistic spirit or attitude in moral or religious matters.
2. the beliefs and practices of pagans, especially polytheists.
3. the state of being a pagan. — paganist, n., adj. — paganistic, adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paganism - any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
druidism - the system of religion and philosophy taught by the Druids and their rites and ceremonies
Translations
وثَنِيَّه، عِبادَة الأوْثان
pohanství
hedenskab
pogányság
heiîni
pohanstvo

paganism

[ˈpeɪgənɪzəm] Npaganismo m

paganism

[ˈpeɪgənɪzəm] npaganisme m

paganism

nHeidentum nt

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 ?
The poetry of the Anglo-Saxons, after their civilisation and conversion, was of a different and softer character; but in the circumstances of Ulrica, she may be not unnaturally supposed to return to the wild strains which animated her forefathers during the time of Paganism and untamed ferocity.
And he has also left other directions which the clergy of the village say should not and must not be obeyed because they savour of paganism.
Did not the sacred character of these persons render the purity of their intentions unquestionable, I should certainly be led to suppose that they had exaggerated the evils of Paganism, in order to enhance the merit of their own disinterested labours.
he has abandoned that vain relic of paganism, his songs,” cried the divine; “ what says he now?
It was originally a nunnery, founded by Queen Bertha, but done away with by King Penda, the reactionary to Paganism after St.
The lip-shapes that had meant seductiveness were now made to express supplication; the glow on the cheek that yesterday could be translated as riotousness was evangelized today into the splendour of pious rhetoric; animalism had become fanaticism; Paganism Paulinism; the bold rolling eye that had flashed upon her form in the old time with such mastery now beamed with the rude energy of a theolatry that was almost ferocious.
And they never repent--they never forsake their paganism.
Fifty years later, when the Renaissance began to mingle with this unity which was so severe and yet so varied, the dazzling luxury of its fantasies and systems, its debasements of Roman round arches, Greek columns, and Gothic bases, its sculpture which was so tender and so ideal, its peculiar taste for arabesques and acanthus leaves, its architectural paganism, contemporary with Luther, Paris, was perhaps, still more beautiful, although less harmonious to the eye, and to the thought.
It sounds more like Paganism to me," Rodney groaned, as he reviewed the situation into which her Christian doctrine was plunging them.
They had quarrelled over the service, which was every bit as fine as Sappho, according to Hewet; so that Hirst's paganism was mere ostentation.
I cannot tell how to object the least thing against that affectionate concern which you show for the turning of the poor people from their paganism to the Christian religion; but how does this comfort you, while these people are, in your account, out of the pale of the Catholic Church, without which you believe there is no salvation?
Mrs Wadding said: "To me, it's a no brainer that paganism goes hand-in-hand with activism and politics.