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1. A non-Christian, especially a Muslim.
2. A pagan or heathen.
[Middle English painim, from Old French paienime, heathendom, from Late Latin pāgānismus, from pāgānus, pagan; see pagan.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a heathen or pagan
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a Muslim
[C13: from Old French paienime, from Late Latin pāgānismus paganism, from pāgānus pagan]
1. a pagan or heathen.
[1200–50; Middle English: pagan (n. and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism]
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|Noun||1.||paynim - a heathen; a person who is not a Christian (especially a Muslim)|
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"