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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 ?
Once she raised her eyes to the burning sun and murmured a prayer of thanks to her pagan god that she had not been permitted to destroy this godlike man, and her long lashes were wet with tears.
I read other books about that time, notably a small book on Grecian and Roman mythology, which I perused with such a passion for those pagan gods and goddesses that, if it had ever been a question of sacrificing to Diana, I do not really know whether I should have been able to refuse.
There was nothing like this wonderful city anywhere else - and now it is being destroyed in the name of some pagan god called progress.
King Ahab is arranged to marry the beautiful Jezebel, a hip chick with a short fuse, whose interest in the pagan god Baal doesn't sit well with the people.
From Mang Dolphy: Christmas is of pagan origin coinciding with the celebration of pagan god Sol Invictus.
They said, 'Well, it'll be the first time we had a pagan god at a Christian camp,'" Hammond said.
Its main landmarks include the white town hall with baroque features known as the "White Swan", the Vytautas Church and the Hanza Merchant House, also known as Perkunas House, named after a pagan god of the Lithuanians.
Among them, they succeed in completing the book and preserving it from destruction by monstrous marauding Northmen, while defeating the plots of the jealous pagan god Cromm Cruaich, who is now more or less confined to a remote fastness.
What was the impact, what did it communicate, when this God made covenant with a people (as no pagan god ever did)?
Several passages in which Miller perceives Emerson and especially Thoreau operating under a pagan belief system testify to the strength of nineteenth-century American pantheism; his technique creates a powerful cumulative effect, so that by the time readers encounter Thoreau writing about a Sunday sunset in which Apollo, "It]he Scene-shifter saw fit to close the drama of the day" (190), they have been so inundated with pantheistic utterances that they may, with Miller, spurn a metaphorical interpretation and take the writer's reference to a pagan god as a statement of faith.
Her frequent oscillation between the Arabic Allah and the Turkish Tari calls respectively upon the God of Islam and the many-faced pagan god of the tribal shaman.
They came to our town and set up an altar to their pagan god.