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heathen

adjective  /ˈhi·ðən/ disapproving us  
(used, esp. in the past, of people or their way of life, activities, and ideas) having no religion, or belonging to a religion that is not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
heathen
noun [C]  /ˈhi·ðən/ ( plural heathen or heathens) us  
disapproving Those folks are heathens.
Translations of “heathen”
in Spanish pagano…
in French païen, ïenne…
in German der Heide/die Heidin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無宗教信仰的, 異教徒的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无宗教信仰的, 异教徒的…
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