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Definition of "heathen" []

  • Offensive One who adheres to the religion of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. (noun)
  • Offensive Such persons considered as a group; the unconverted. (noun)
  • An adherent of a Neopagan religion that seeks to revive the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Germanic peoples. (noun)
  • Informal One who is regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, or unenlightened. (noun)
  • Informal Such persons considered as a group. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "heathen" in a sentence
  • "It had made more than two millions of heathen in our country; and so long as the cries of these _heathen at home_ entered the ears of our young men and young women, they could not, dare not, go abroad."
  • "Suggestions from what we call the heathen world seemed to accord with his Gospel of the Wild."
  • "When Christian missionaries invade what they call a heathen country, they are followed in a little while by merchants and traders, and in a few days afterward by the army."