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heath·en / ˈhē[voicedth]ən/ • n. chiefly derog. a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (esp. one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do: bringing Christianity to the heathens. ∎  a follower of a polytheistic religion; a pagan. ∎  (the heathen) heathen people collectively, esp. (in biblical use) those who did not worship the God of Israel. ∎ inf. an unenlightened person; a person regarded as lacking culture or moral principles. • adj. of or relating to heathens: heathen gods. ∎ inf. unenlightened or uncivilized: they dismiss the idea of a sauce of simply melted butter as somewhat heathen. DERIVATIVES: heath·en·dom / -dəm/ n. heath·en·ish adj. heath·en·ism / -ˌnizəm/ n.

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heathen OE. hǣðen = OS. hēthin (Du. heiden), OHG. heidan (G. heide), ON. heiðinn, in Goth. repr. by haiþnō Gentile woman; gen. regarded as a spec. Christian use (perh. originating in Gothic) of Gmc. adj. *χaiþanaz, -inaz inhabiting open country, savage, f. *χaiþiz HEATH1; see -EN1.
Hence heathendom OE. hǣðendōm. heathenish OE. hǣōenisċ.

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