heathenish

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhiːðənɪʃ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hēᵺə nish)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hea•then•ish  (hēᵺə nish),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Religionof or pertaining to heathens:heathenish practices of idolatry.
  2. Religionlike or befitting heathens;
    barbarous.
heathen•ish•ly, adv. 
heathen•ish•ness, n. 
  • Old English hǣthenisc. See heathen, -ish1 bef. 900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ˈheathenish /ˈhiːðənɪʃ/ adj
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a heathen or heathen culture
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hea•then /ˈhiðən/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -thens, -then, adj. 
n. [countable]
  1. Religionan individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible.
  2. an uncultured or uncivilized person.

adj. 
  1. Religionof or relating to heathens;
    pagan.
  2. uncultured or uncivilized.
hea•then•dom, n. [uncountable]
hea•then•ish, adj. 
hea•then•ism, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hea•then  (hēᵺən),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -thens, -then, adj. 
n. 
  1. an unconverted individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible;
    a person who is neither a Jew, Christian, nor Muslim;
    pagan.
  2. an irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized person.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to heathens;
    pagan.
  2. irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized.
heathen•dom, n. 
heathen•hood′, n. 
heathen•ness, n. 
heathen•ship′, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English hethen, Old English hǣthen, akin to German Heide, heidnisch (adjective, adjectival), Old Norse heithingi (noun, nominal), heithinn (adjective, adjectival), Gothic haithno (noun, nominal); perh. akin to heath
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heathenish, barbarous.
      Heathen, pagan are both applied to peoples who are not Christian, Jewish, or Muslim.
      Heathen is often distinctively applied to unenlightened or barbaric idolaters, esp. to primitive or ancient tribes:heathen rites, idols.Pagan, though applied to any of the peoples not worshiping according to the three religions mentioned above, is most frequently used in speaking of the ancient Greeks and Romans:a pagan poem; a pagan civilization.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged philistine;
      savage.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sophisticated, urbane, cultured.

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