The definition of a heathen is someone who does not belong to an accepted religion or is someone who is lacking in morals or principles.(noun)
See heathen in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME hethen < OE hæthen < hæth, heath; like Goth haithnō, gentile (woman) < haithi, heath (hence lit., “heath dweller”) a loan transl. used by Ulfilas for LL(Ec) paganus (see pagan), taken in its L sense, “a countryman, rustic” < pagus, the country
See heathen in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. hea·thens or heathen
Origin: Middle English hethen
Origin: , from Old English hǣthen; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.
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