Definition of heathen adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhiːðn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhiːðn//
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(old-fashioned, offensive) connected with heathens heathen gods He set out to convert the heathen (= people who are heathens). Word OriginOld English hǣthen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heiden and German Heide; generally regarded as a specifically Christian use of a Germanic adjective meaning ‘inhabiting open country’, from the base of heath.
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