Pagan meaning

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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.

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A person not adhering to any major or recognized religion, especially a heathen or non-Abrahamist, follower of a pantheistic or nature-worshipping religion, neopagan.

This community has a surprising number of pagans.

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A person who worships nature or the earth, specif., a neopagan.
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Nature-worshipping.
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A person who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew; heathen.
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Of pagans or paganism; not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.
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A person who has no religion.
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A Neopagan.
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(historical) The 9th to 13th century Burmese kingdom which had its capital at this city.
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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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Pertaining to the city or kingdom of Pagan.
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An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
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A hedonist.
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Not religious; heathen.
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A male given name.
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(dated) The city of Bagan, Myanmar.
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(by extension) Savage, immoral, uncivilized, wild.
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(by extension) An uncivilized or unsocialized person.
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Especially an unruly, badly educated child.
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Origin of pagan

  • 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

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From Burmese ပုဂံ (pu.gam)

    From Wiktionary