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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Then must the red man wander in the dark wilderness of heathenism forever.
(that was the curate, sir) '"that he lets her grow up in absolute heathenism. But who is this?
The Protestant Missions appear to have despaired of reclaiming these islands from heathenism. The usage they have in every case received from the natives has been such as to intimidate the boldest of their number.
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.
"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."
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
Accordingly, water could be seen as a symbol of purification from the original sin, from sins in general as well as from heathenism. It is the water sent by God that saved the Israelis in the desert and Andreas.
Ultimately, then, "The Indian Bible" is not simply a story of Christian benevolence, with Eliot seeking to "deliver" the local tribes from the "dark wilderness of heathenism" (6:48; see figure three), but also of a specifically white kind of benevolence, in which Eliot labors for the red man's well being despite the obstacles existing between the two races.
In a particularly frustrating passage, Bramwell critiques writer Richard Rudgley for conflating Germanic and Scandinavian Paganisms (often referred to as Heathenism) with Paganism as a whole (26-27); however, Bramwell's scarcely wider frame of reference undermines the general usefulness of his arguments.
The first open conflict between Islam and Heathenism had been fought and won by 313 Muslims of Arabia." A leaflet bearing a picture of Jinnah with a sword in hand, said, "We Muslims have had the crown and have ruled.