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heathen

adjective uk   /ˈhiː.ðən/ old-fashioned disapproving offensive us  
(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] uk   /ˈhiː.ðən/ us  
old use disapproving offensive a person who has no religion, or who belongs to a religion that is not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam the heathen [plural] old-fashioned heathen people: Those who attempted to convert the heathen were put to death. humorous someone who behaves as if they are not educated: He's such a heathen - he's never even heard of Puccini.
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