Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

The state of being a heathen.

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Usage examples "heathenism":

  1. This is the common story of superstition, from the totemism of savage tribes and the image- worship of semi- civilized peoples on to the heathenism of the Mass. - "The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible", R. Heber Newton.
  2. There was also a good deal of opposition in the parish, some old sullen seceders who went to a neighbouring proprietary chapel, many more of erratic tastes haunted the places of worship of the numerous sects, who swarmed in the town, and many more were living in a state of town heathenism. - "The Pillars of the House, V1", Charlotte M. Yonge.
  3. But if open heathenism was dead, a large measure of indifferentism prevailed among the educated classes: many men who in the fifth century would have been pagans were Christians in name in the sixth, but little affected by Christianity in their lives. - "The Byzantine Empire", Charles William Chadwick Oman.