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n. Archaic
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]


(ˈpeɪ nɪm)

n. Archaic.
1. a pagan or heathen.
2. Muslim.
[1200–50; Middle English: pagan (n. and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
gentile, heathen, infidel, pagan - a person who does not acknowledge your god
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Twines not of them one golden thread, But for its sake a Paynim bled.
Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp, When Agrican, with all his northern powers, Besieged Albracea, as romances tell, The city of Gallaphrone, from thence to win The fairest of her sex, Angelica, His daughter, sought by many prowest knights, Both Paynim and the peers of Charlemane.
He is in hiding somewhere, for he knew well, black paynim as he is, that our horses' four legs could outstrip his two.
The Assistant Commissioner laughed a little; but the great man's thoughts seemed to have wandered far away, perhaps to the questions of his country's domestic policy, the battle-ground of his crusading valour against the paynim Cheeseman.
His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume exactly: he looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.
They let of our true Paynims be slaughtered many a knight.