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heathenadjective

uk   /ˈhiː.ðən/ us   /ˈhiː.ðən/ old-fashioned disapproving offensive
(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

heathennoun [C]

uk   /ˈhiː.ðən/ us   /ˈhiː.ðən/
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.
(Definition of heathen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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heathenadjective

us   /ˈhi·ðən/ disapproving
(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] us   /ˈhi·ðən/ plural heathen or heathens
disapproving Those folks are heathens.
(Definition of heathen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “heathen”
in Spanish pagano, -a…
in Vietnamese người ngoại đạo…
in Malaysian orang pagan…
in Thai คนนอกศาสนา…
in French païen, ïenne…
in German der Heide/die Heidin…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无宗教信仰的, 异教徒的…
in Indonesian kafir…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無宗教信仰的, 異教徒的…
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