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pagan1

Syllabification: pa·gan
Pronunciation: /ˈpāɡən
 
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noun

1A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Missionary zeal tends to offend the religious sensibilities of people by denouncing their native religions as false and pagan.
1.2An adherent of neopaganism.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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

3
verb
Example sentences
  • ‘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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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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