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Meaning of PAGAN

Pronunciation:  'peygun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who does not acknowledge your God
  2. [adj]  not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam

PAGAN is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: gentile, heathen, heathen, heathenish, infidel, irreligious
 See Also: idol worshiper, idolater, idoliser, idolizer, nonreligious person, paynim



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa"gan\ (p[=a]"gan), n. [L. paganus a countryman,
    peasant, villager, a pagan, fr. paganus of or pertaining to
    the country, rustic, also, pagan, fr. pagus a district,
    canton, the country, perh. orig., a district with fixed
    boundaries: cf. pangere to fasten. Cf. {Painim}, {Peasant},
    and {Pact}, also {Heathen}.]
    One who worships false gods; an idolater; a heathen; one who
    is neither a Christian, a Mohammedan, nor a Jew.
          Neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait
          of Christian, pagan, nor man.            --Shak.
    Syn: Gentile; heathen; idolater.
    Usage: {Pagan}, {Gentile}, {Heathen}. Gentile was applied to
           the other nations of the earth as distinguished from
           the Jews. Pagan was the name given to idolaters in the
           early Christian church, because the villagers, being
           most remote from the centers of instruction, remained
           for a long time unconverted. Heathen has the same
           origin. Pagan is now more properly applied to rude and
           uncivilized idolaters, while heathen embraces all who
           practice idolatry.
  2. \Pa"gan\, a. [L. paganus of or pertaining to the country,
    pagan. See {Pagan}, n.]
    Of or pertaining to pagans; relating to the worship or the
    worshipers of false goods; heathen; idolatrous, as, pagan
    tribes or superstitions.
          And all the rites of pagan honor paid.   --Dryden.
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