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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.

heathen

(ˈhiːðən)
n, pl -thens or -then
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam; pagan
2. an uncivilized or barbaric person
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) the heathen (functioning as plural) heathens collectively
adj
4. (Alternative Belief Systems) irreligious; pagan
5. unenlightened; uncivilized; barbaric
6. (Alternative Belief Systems) of or relating to heathen peoples or their religious, moral, and other customs, practices, and beliefs
[Old English hǣthen; related to Old Norse heithinn, Old Frisian hēthin, Old High German heidan]
ˈheathenism, ˈheathenry n
ˈheathenness n

hea•then

(ˈhi ðən)

n., pl. -thens, -then,
adj. n.
1. an unconverted individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible or Koran; pagan.
2. an irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized person.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to heathens; pagan.
4. irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized.
[before 900; Middle English hethen, Old English hǣthen, c. Old Saxon hēthin, Old High German heidan, Old Norse heithinn, Gothic haithno (feminine n.); probably akin to heath]
hea′then•dom, n.
hea′then•ism, n.
hea′then•ize`, v.t., v.i. -ized, -iz•ing.
hea′then•ness, n.
syn: heathen, pagan are both applied to peoples who are not Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; these terms may also refer to irreligious peoples. heathen is often used of those whose religion is unfamiliar and therefore regarded as primitive, unenlightened, or uncivilized: heathen idols; heathen rites. pagan is most frequently used of the ancient Greeks and Romans who worshiped many deities: a pagan civilization.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heathen - a person who does not acknowledge your godheathen - 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
Adj.1.heathen - not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion

heathen

noun (Old-fashioned)
1. pagan, infidel, unbeliever, idolater, idolatress the condescending air of missionaries seeking to convert the heathen
2. barbarian, savage, philistine, oaf, plebeian, ignoramus, boor She called us all heathens and hypocrites.
adjective
2. uncivilized, savage, primitive, barbaric, brutish, unenlightened, uncultured to disappear into the cold heathen north
Quotations
"heathen: a benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
Translations
وَثَني، عابِد الأوثان
-kapohanpohanský
hedenskhedning
pakanapakanallinen
heiîingi; heiîinn
pagonispagoniškas

heathen

[ˈhiːðən]
A. ADJ (= pagan) → pagano (fig) (= uncivilised) → bárbaro, salvaje
B. N (heathens or heathen (pl)) → pagano/a m/f (fig) → bárbaro/a m/f, salvaje mf

heathen

[ˈhiːðən]
adjpaïen(ne)
npaïen(ne) m/f

heathen

nHeide m, → Heidin f; (fig)unkultivierter or unzivilisierter Mensch; the heathen (collectively, lit) → die Heiden; (fig)die Barbaren

heathen

[ˈhiːðn] adj & npagano/a

heathen

(ˈhiːðən) noun, adjective
(of) a person who believes in a less advanced form of religion, especially one with many gods. Missionaries tried to convert the heathens to Christianity.
References in classic literature ?
the practices of whalemen soon convinced him that even Christians could be both miserable and wicked; infinitely more so, than all his father's heathens.
Your father, for example, settles in Vermont, in a town where all are, in fact, free and equal; becomes a regular church member and deacon, and in due time joins an Abolition society, and thinks us all little better than heathens.
He said it warn't no use talking, heathens don't amount to shucks alongside of pirates to work a camp-meeting with.
His congregation up to Parsonsfield clubbed together and give him that gold watch he carries; I s'pose he'd 'a' handed that over too, only heathens always tell time by the sun 'n' don't need watches.
The heathens," replied Don Quixote, "are, no doubt, in hell; the Christians, if they were good Christians, are either in purgatory or in heaven.
I had uttered prayers, fetish prayers, had prayed as heathens mutter charms when I was in extremity; but now I prayed indeed, plead- ing steadfastly and sanely, face to face with the darkness of God.
The offspring of a race of heathens, he has in truth been ‘as a brand plucked from the burning.
Clare's mind flew to the impassioned, summer-steeped heathens in the Var Vale, their rosy faces court-patched with cow-droppings; and to one the most impassioned of them all.
SOME White Christians engaged in driving Chinese Heathens out of an American town found a newspaper published in Peking in the Chinese tongue, and compelled one of their victims to translate an editorial.
of the California State University, Hebrews are heathens.
Verily, they are heathens and barbarians," cried the man; "mad, howling, drunken barbarians
The medieval lack of historic sense gives to all the plays the setting of the authors' own times; Roman officers appear as feudal knights; and all the heathens (including the Jews) are Saracens, worshippers of 'Mahound' and 'Termagaunt'; while the good characters, however long they may really have lived before the Christian era, swear stoutly by St.