Heathen definition

hēthən
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In the Old Testament, a member of any nation or people not worshiping the God of Israel.
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A person who does not follow an Abrahamic religion; a pagan.
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Anyone not a Jew, Christian, or Muslim; esp., a member of a tribe, nation, etc. worshiping many gods.
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Of or characteristic of heathens; pagan.
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Not adhering to an Abrahamic religion; pagan.
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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.

An example of a heathen is a person who is uncivilized and not religious.

An example of a heathen is a person who lies, cheats and does other immoral things.

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An adherent of a Neopagan religion that seeks to revive the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Germanic peoples.
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(by extension) Uncultured; uncivilized; savage, philistine.
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Alternative capitalization of Heathen (pertaining or adhering to the Germanic neo-pagan faith Heathenry).
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An adherent of the Germanic neo-pagan faith of Heathenry.
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Such persons considered as a group.
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Such persons considered as a group.
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(by extension) An uncultured or uncivilized person, philistine.
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An adherent of a religion that does not worship the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
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Alternative capitalization of Heathen (an adherent of the Germanic neo-pagan faith of Heathenry).
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Irreligious, uncivilized, etc.
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One who is regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, or unenlightened.
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Pertaining or adhering to the Germanic neo-pagan faith Heathenry.
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A person regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, unenlightened, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heathen
Plural:
heathens

Origin of heathen

  • Middle English hethen from Old English hǣthen kaito- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Germanic: from Old English hǣþen, akin to heath on the moor, the poor, 'wild' countryside; cognate with Dutch heiden, German Heide.

    From Wiktionary

  • From heathen.

    From Wiktionary