Heathenism Hea"then*ism (-[i^]z'm), n. 1. The religious system or rites of a heathen nation; idolatry; paganism. [1913 Webster]

2. The manners or morals usually prevalent in a heathen country; ignorance; rudeness; barbarism. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • heathenism — /hee dheuh niz euhm/, n. 1. a belief or practice of heathens; idolatry. 2. barbaric morals or behavior; barbarism. [1595 1605; HEATHEN + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

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  • heathenism — hea·then·ism || hɪːðənɪzm n. paganism, practices of heathens …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heathenism — n. 1. Paganism, Gentilism. 2. Barbarism, savagery, cruelty, inhumanity, heathenishness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • heathenism — hea·then·ism …   English syllables