Pagan Definition

pāgən
pagans
noun
pagans
An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
American Heritage
A Neopagan.
American Heritage
A person who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew; heathen.
Webster's New World
A person who has no religion.
Webster's New World

A person who worships nature or the earth, specif., a neopagan.

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adjective
Of pagans or paganism; not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.
Webster's New World
Not religious; heathen.
Webster's New World

Relating to, characteristic of or adhering to non-Abrahamist religions, especially earlier polytheism.

Many converted societies transformed their pagan deities into saints.
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(by extension) Savage, immoral, uncivilized, wild.

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other
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Nature-worshipping.
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pronoun
A male given name.
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(dated) The city of Bagan, Myanmar.

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(historical) The 9th to 13th century Burmese kingdom which had its capital at this city.

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Other Word Forms of Pagan

Noun

Singular:
pagan
Plural:
pagans

Origin of Pagan

  • Recorded in English since c1375. From Latin pāgānus (“rural, rustic"), later "civilian". The meaning "not (Judeo-)Christian" arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning, which in Roman army jargon meant 'clumsy'. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Late Latin pāgānus from Latin country-dweller, civilian from pāgus country, rural district pag- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin pāgānus (“rustic, rural")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Burmese ပုဂံ (pu.gam)

    From Wiktionary

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