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Definitionan offensive term for a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam — especially someone who grew up in a culture that is not familiar with those religions
- Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (24% in)
- I have met with grievous mishaps by sea and land, and have been long held in bonds among the heathen-folk to the southward; and am now brought hither by this Indian to be redeemed out of my captivity.Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (18% in)
- Such was the sympathy of Nature—that wild, heathen Nature of the forest, never subjugated by human law, nor illumined by higher truth—with the bliss of these two spirits!Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (65% in)
- My one sufficient object was to greet that pious friend of mine, the Apostle Eliot, and rejoice with him over the many precious souls he hath won from heathendom!Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (68% in)
There are no more uses of "heathen" in The Scarlet Letter.
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