Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adjective

Gentile; pagan; irreligious.

Part of speech: noun

One of a non- Christian people; a pagan: idolater.

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Usage examples "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", 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.", 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)", Thomas Clarkson.