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hea·then  audio  (hn) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. hea·thens or heathen
    1. One who adheres to the religion of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
    2. Such persons considered as a group; the unconverted.
    1. One who is regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, or unenlightened.
    2. Such persons considered as a group.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English hethen, from Old English hthen; see kaito- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
heathen(Adjective), heathen·dom or heathen·ism or heathen·ry(Noun)


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