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He explained what he meant by telling me a story which sounded a little like something out of the Old Testament; but which, so Mike assured me, was a part of the semi-religious folklore of the inland Eskimos, who, alas for their immortal souls, were still happily heathen.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  an 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
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  • He explained what he meant by telling me a story which sounded a little like something out of the Old Testament; but which, so Mike assured me, was a part of the semi-religious folklore of the inland Eskimos, who, alas for their immortal souls, were still happily heathen.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The heathen island in the West Indies?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He would feel mighty silly trying to explain it to a heathen.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • ’em he’s a little heathen.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout

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  • God, what unspeakable things went on in that heathen sanctum!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Indians in Canada did not have the wheel or telephones, and ate the hearts of their enemies in the heathenish belief that it would give them courage.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Obviously he considered me a conscienceless heathen, if not downright depraved.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • " ’t’s all right to talk like that— can’t any Christian judges an’ lawyers make up for heathen juries," Jem muttered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He said it warn’t no use talking, heathens don’t amount to shucks alongside of pirates to work a camp-meeting with.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • And he’s not a heathen.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees

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  • What heathens!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We just got shoved straight into the heathen pandemony.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Evil men and all the heathen who in their blindness bowed to wood and stone were thrown into a fire that burned like palm-oil.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • The heathens used a house of God to conceal their keystone.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And so she cultivated a pious interest in heathens.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • You’re worse than a heathen — treating your own flesh and blood in that manner!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Probably they also preferred to take land from heathens rather than from fellow Christians.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • In his mind Scrooge was a heathen, who came to his redemption only because he saw ghosts, not angels-and who was to say whether they’d been sent by God, anyway?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • That I did not join myself to the battle, was less owing to disinclination, than to the bonds of the heathen.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "If you want to be a heathen, who am I to stop you?" She went bawling after Jim to get out of the bathroom and drive her to church.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • There’s something dreadful heathenish about it, seems to me.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • This heathen is mine.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The opposite wall of this entry was hung all over with a heathenish array of monstrous clubs and spears.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • What, art a heathen?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Whither, then, could these holy men be journeying so deep into the heathen wilderness?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • I had uttered prayers, fetish prayers, had prayed as heathens mutter charms when I was in extremity; but now I prayed indeed, pleading steadfastly and sanely, face to face with the darkness of God.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • With his straw in his mouth, Mr. Cruncher sat watching the two streams, like the heathen rustic who has for several centuries been on duty watching one stream—saving that Jerry had no expectation of their ever running dry.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I made the captain a very low bow, and then, turning to the Dutchman, said, "I was sorry to find more mercy in a heathen, than in a brother christian."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It would seem less heathenish.’
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "Well, wouldn’t you say offhand he was a heathen?"
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The religion and civilization which are barbaric and heathenish build splendid temples; but what you might call Christianity does not.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Not only in his dealings with the Jews, but in his dealings with the heathen was God preparing for the reconciliation of man, to be finally accomplished in his sacrifice of Himself for them.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • If this, then, was a heathen’s feeling about friendship, how much more should it be a Christian’s, who knows that the divine must not be forfeited for the sake of any human friendship?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He was backed up against a corner of the house of his betrothed and swearing like a heathen.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She’s calmer than ever now, back in her seat behind her pane of glass; there’s no heathen running around half-naked to unbalance her.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • " ’T is a pretty place," said Miss Ophelia, as she alighted; "though it looks rather old and heathenish to me."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • If those heathen in our Christian land had as much teaching as some Hindoos, they would think otherwise.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Wonder how they explain it to the heathen Chinee.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But he, sir, had the election: And I,—of whom his eyes had seen the proof At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds, Christian and heathen,—must be belee’d and calm’d By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster; He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, And I—God bless the mark! his Moorship’s ancient.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Priests and masters tell us Confirmation means you’re a true soldier of the Church and that entitles you to die and be a martyr in case we’re invaded by Protestants or Mahommedans or any other class of a heathen.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • A priest once called me a bonehead heathen, and I never returned.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • A heathenish name.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • We will burn like heathen kings before ever a ship sailed hither from the West.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Peace to thee, kind and selfish, vain and generous old heathen!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Don’t they ever teach you in your history classes that you’d all be heathen Turks if it hadn’t been for the Bohemians?"
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Still Lives Sandi Dona Charito took the lot of us native children in hand Saturday mornings nine to twelve to put Art into us like Jesus into the heathen.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He poked the moccasins at me—which I taken—and he said, "We’uns don’t take no charity . from nobody . and especial heathen savages!"
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Ancient heathen beliefs persisted under the surface of Christianity, and many of these pre-Christian elements became integrated with Christianity.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Then Sir Gringamore gave Sir Gareth a bay courser that was a passing good horse; also he gave him good armour and sure, and a noble sword that sometime Sir Gringamore’s father won upon an heathen tyrant.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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