There are 2 definitions of pagan in English:

pagan1

Syllabification: pa·gan
Pronunciation: /ˈpāɡən
 
/

noun

1A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
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  • It is a common belief that witches and pagans are devil worshipers, but they are not.
  • Whether the spouses are Hindus or Muslims, Christians or Parsis, pagans or heathens, is wholly irrelevant in the application of these provisions.
  • There was a strong opposition against the commemorating of the birthday by the early Christian scholars like Origin, on the ground that it is originally a custom of pagans and idolaters.
Synonyms
1.1 dated derogatory A non-Christian.
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  • Missionary zeal tends to offend the religious sensibilities of people by denouncing their native religions as false and pagan.
1.2An adherent of neopaganism.
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  • Wiccans consider themselves witches, pagans or neo-pagans, and say their religion is based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons.
  • As an adult, I learned that there were modern Pagans.
  • What can we learn from this and apply to our lives as modern Pagans?

adjective

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Relating to pagans: a pagan god
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  • They sent up a fragrance of sweet oil and illuminated the soft wall-paintings of pagan heroes and gods.
  • After all, there were Anglo-Saxon pagan gods to sing about as well.
  • Before Ukraine adopted Christianity in 988, the inhabitants believed in pagan gods who ruled over the sun, stars, and moon.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin paganus 'villager, rustic', from pagus 'country district'. Latin paganus also meant 'civilian', becoming, in Christian Latin, 'heathen' (i.e., one not enrolled in the army of Christ).

Derivatives

paganish

adjective
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  • He takes our daughters to church every Sunday, and takes them to the Sunday school there, and they occasionally see me doing paganish things during the week (such as when I light incense on my altar or put a food offering in the bowl).
  • The Puritans banned Christmas Eve and the day as too paganish because they were celebrated until the era of the Victorian Christmas tree (c. 1850) as wild party occasions.
  • Next, I tried to be paganish, figuring that I never fit in with any other religion, so maybe this one would work.

paganism

Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
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  • Some Renaissance theologians worked hard at reconciling paganism with Judaism and Christianity.
  • This first episode tells the story of how early Christianity opposed paganism and magic - branding it the devil's work.
  • The early ascetics were influenced by the Byzantine Christian desert mystics and even now it has elements of animism and paganism.

paganize

verb
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  • ‘It's pretty strange how people Christianized pagan traditions and now are paganizing Christian traditions,’ he mused.
  • Brownlow seems right in suggesting that ‘the new Renaissance English style was too closely associated with either a Protestant or a paganizing humanism for a recusant writer to adopt it, especially a Jesuit poet.’

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There are 2 definitions of pagan in English:

Pagan2

Syllabification: Pa·gan
Pronunciation: /pəˈɡän
 
/
Ruins in Burma (Myanmar), located on the Irrawaddy River southeast of Mandalay. It is the site of an ancient city that was the capital of a powerful Buddhist dynasty from the 11th to the 13th centuries.

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