What does the word heathen mean?

Usage examples for heathen

  1. It may be ascribed to the heathen times, as well as the construction of the barrow itself. – Notice of Runic Inscriptions Discovered during Recent Excavations in the Orkneys by James Farrer
  2. After he got into bed, he said to the nurse, " I have forgotten to pray for the heathen, and I must get out of bed and pray for them." – Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen. by Dr. John Scudder
  3. Slavery too had been allowed in a nation which was under the especial direction of Providence; the Jews were allowed to hold the heathen in bondage. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson