Definition of pagan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪɡən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪɡən//
    (often disapproving) Religious people
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  1. 1a person who holds religious beliefs that are not part of any of the world’s main religions See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2used in the past by Christians to describe a person who did not believe in Christianity See related entries: Religious people
  3. Word Originlate 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).

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