- The definition of a pagan is a person who worships many gods or who worships nature and the Earth.
An example of a pagan is someone who celebrates the winter solstice as a religious holiday.
- a person who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew; heathen: formerly, sometimes applied specif. to a non-Christian by Christians
- a person who has no religion
- a person who worships nature or the earth, specif., one who practices a form of worship in imitation of any of various religions that historically preceded Christianity
Origin: Middle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin paganus, a heathen, pagan (contrasted with Christian or Jew) from L, a peasant, rustic from pagus, country from Indo-European base an unverified form pak-, to join, enclose, fasten from source fang, Classical Latin pax
- of pagans or paganism; not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish
- not religious; heathen
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- An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
- A Neopagan.
- Offensive a. One who has no religion.b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
- A hedonist.
Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin pāgānus, from Latin, country-dweller, civilian, from pāgus, country, rural district; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
- paˈgan adjective
- paˈgan·dom noun
- paˈgan·ish adjective
- paˈgan·ism noun