heathenism


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hea·then

 (hē′thən)
n. pl. hea·thens or heathen
1. Offensive
a. An adherent of a religion that does not worship the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
b. Such persons considered as a group.
2. Heathen An adherent of a Neopagan religion that seeks to revive the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Germanic peoples.
3. Informal
a. One who is regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, or unenlightened.
b. Such persons considered as a group.

[Middle English hethen, from Old English hǣthen; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.]

hea′then adj.
hea′then·dom, hea′then·ism, hea′then·ry n.
hea′then·ish adj.

heathenism

1. a belief or practice of heathens.
2. pagan worship; idolatry.
3. irreligion.
4. barbaric morals or behavior. — heathen, n., adj.heathenistic, adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heathenism - 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

heathenism

[ˈhiːðənɪzəm] Npaganismo m

heathenism

nHeidentum nt
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that was the curate, sir) '"that he lets her grow up in absolute heathenism.
That is my own opinion," replied the traveller; "but one thing among many others seems to me very wrong in knights-errant, and that is that when they find themselves about to engage in some mighty and perilous adventure in which there is manifest danger of losing their lives, they never at the moment of engaging in it think of commending themselves to God, as is the duty of every good Christian in like peril; instead of which they commend themselves to their ladies with as much devotion as if these were their gods, a thing which seems to me to savour somewhat of heathenism.
Then must the red man wander in the dark wilderness of heathenism forever.
The Protestant Missions appear to have despaired of reclaiming these islands from heathenism.
It could not have been expected that a people who had spent generations in slavery, and before that generations in the darkest heathenism, could at first form any proper conception of what an education meant.
We shrink from the unmorality of the Latin races, but Hardy has divined in the heart of our own race a lingering heathenism, which, if not Greek, has certainly been no more baptized than the neo-hellenism of the Parisians.
In religion they had reached a moderately advanced state of heathenism, worshipping especially, it seems, Woden, a 'furious' god as well as a wise and crafty one; the warrior Tiu; and the strong-armed Thunor
Although these reports often made it sound as if shedding their clothes meant that some had reverted into heathenism, the point has been cleared up by recent scholars that some took off their clothing to show their poro marks, or "country marks" as they are often called, to the locals they met, thus authenticating their native identity, an identity that they never dispelled of in the first place (Rediker 219).
According to Cheng, denominationalism was of little interest to the Chinese; in fact, it was only harmful, weakening Christians in their struggle against "the powerful force of heathenism.
The prevailing European classification of religions at the time was Bible-centered and had four categories at varying distances from sacred scripture: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and heathenism.
Bingham was concerned for the man's soul "and his strong attachment to his vices and heathenism.
A key term in this book is "hereditary heathenism," the idea "that Indians and Africans could never become Christian" because religious identity was as inheritable as any physical characteristic.