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PA'GAN, n. [L. paganus, a peasant or countryman, from pagus, a village.] A heathen; a Gentile; an idolater; one who worships false gods. This word was originally applied to the inhabitants of the country, who on the first propagation of the christian religion adhered to the worship of false gods, or refused to receive christianity, after it had been received by the inhabitants of the cities. In like manner, heather signifies an inhabitant of the heath or woods, and caffer, in Arabic, signifies the inhabitant of a hut or cottage, and one that does not receive the religion of Mohammed. Pagan is used to distinguish one from a Christian and a Mohammedan.
PA'GAN, a. Heathen; heathenish; Gentile; noting a person who worships false gods.1. Pertaining to the worship of false gods.
PA'GANISM, n. Heathenism; the worship of false gods, or the system of religious opinions and worship maintained by pagans. Men instructed from their infancy in the principles and duties of christianity, never sink to the degradation of paganism.
PA'GANIZE, v.t. To render heathenish; to convert to heathenism.
PA'GANIZE, v.i. To behave like pagans.
PA'GANIZED, pp. Rendered heathenish.
PA'GANIZING, ppr. Rendering heathenish; behaving like pagans; adopting heathen principles and practice.
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