Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin paganus,
from Latin, civilian, country dweller, from pagus country district; akin
to Latin pangere
to fix — more at pactDate: 14th centur
1 : heathen 1; especially : a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome)
2 : one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and
material goods : an irreligious or hedonistic person
1. a person who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew; heathen: formerly, sometimes
applied specif. to a non-Christian by Christians
2. a person who has no religion
3. 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
1. of pagans or paganism; not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish
2. not religious; heathen
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1. An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in
contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
2. A Neopagan.
a. One who has no religion.
b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
4. A hedonist.
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a person who has pagan beliefs
humorous a person who has no religious beliefs
Definition of pagan noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
1. Belonging to a religion which worships many gods, especially one which
existed before the main world religions a pagan religion
“The Easter egg has both pagan and Christian origins.”
2. Relating to religious beliefs that do not belong to any of the main religions
of the world
“a pagan festival”
(Definition of pagan adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Function: noun Date: 1869
: a person who practices a contemporary form of paganism (as Wicca)