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an ancient pagan ritual
  an offensive term for a person who follows a non-mainstream religion
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"Pagan" implies a self-righteousness on the part of the person using the word that makes the term offensive.
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  • an ancient pagan ritual
  • The fate of pious pagans, such as Socrates and Plato, also puzzled some Christians...
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- 05/20/06)
  • As with the previous theory, proponents of this theory hold that Christmas was a date of significance to Christians before it was a date of significance to pagans.
    Chronology of Jesus - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • The Reverend said he did not want any trouble with savages and pagans and such.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree

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  • Did you know that when Christian cavalry first appeared in the New World, the pagans thought horse and rider was one person?
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • "You’re pagans," I say, taking the condom with two fingers and dropping it in Lindsay’s glove compartment.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Even the pagans of Wales and Ireland eventually decided that we were all malevolent faeries and shape-shifting ghosts.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • So address me as Re’lar, go back to your bunk, and thank whatever pagan God you pray to that we’re not in Vintas.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "From pagan times," said Abanazer.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • What is that, some kind of pagan symbol?
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • My ears echoed with a delirious, inconsolable passage from the St. Matthew Passion which had wept out of Sophie’s radio earlier that morning, and for no special reason yet in fitting ’antiphony I recalled some seventeenth-century lines I had read not long before: "… since Death must be the Lucina of life, and even Pagans could doubt, whether thus to live were to die …."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He seemed rather embarrassed at being caught in the act of condoning acts of paganism, as it were, but brushed it off as merely a local observance with historical color, like the Wearing of the Green.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Apart from Andy—cryptic, isolated, self-sufficient, incapable of dishonesty and completely lacking in both malice and charisma—the other Barbours, even Todd, all had something slightly uncanny about them, a watchful, sly amalgam of decorum and mischief that made it all too easy to imagine their forebears gathering in the forest by night, casting off their Puritan garb to frolic by the pagan bonfire.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The Christians followed the pagans there, carving and painting their one God as the old ones carved and painted the many.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Funerals are unhappy and pagan?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Por uno pagan todos.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • We would call it pagan but for the fact that the pagans were notoriously good architects.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Is there fate amongst us still, send down from the pagan world of old, that such things must be, and in such way?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I knew I had witnessed a miraculous thing, the appearance of a pagan god, a thing as miraculous as the curing of my uncle Lucas.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • What did he mean by such a pagan idea?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He had fought like a pagan who defends his religion.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And it all fits perfectly with their fascination for goddess iconology, paganism, feminine deities, and contempt for the Church.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • What would my good father say, who so strongly pointed out to me the respect due to the cardinal, if he knew I was in the society of such pagans?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In my fancy the pagan gods and goddesses still walked on earth and talked face to face with men, and in my heart I secretly built shrines to those I loved best.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It got its name from the original religion practiced there-Pantheism-the worship of all gods, specifically the pagan gods of Mother Earth.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A pagan hearing the lapping of the waters around Charon’s boat could not have felt more desolate.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Will they think of those little pagans doomed forever for lack of baptism and knowledge of the True Faith?
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • It looks pagan.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • So they merely dressed up as Roman guards, standing around the tomb laughing with pagan satisfaction because they’d managed to kill God, and then in the second act, leaping about, showing great dismay to find the stone rolled back.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • —Bring him away: Mine’s not an idle cause: the duke himself, Or any of my brothers of the state, Cannot but feel this wrong as ’twere their own; For if such actions may have passage free, Bond slaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • And besides all this, there was a certain lofty bearing about the Pagan, which even his uncouthness could not altogether maim.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But the Marquesa did not only satisfy the rites of paganism; she studied the prescriptions of Christianity as well.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Believe me, before long we shall all be pagans.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • To ourselves…. new paganism…. omphalos.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That’s the ticket, old pagan.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was hard to remember when one summer day after another broke with a cool effulgence over us, and there was a breath of widening life in the morning air—something hard to describe—an oxygen intoxicant, a shining northern paganism, some odor, some feeling so hopelessly promising that I would fall back in my bed on guard against it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • And if there was enchantment, it was not divine but pagan (momma untie your apron strings i’m getting big) and she wanted it that way.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Jessica felt the verbal music in her breast—pagan and charged with sounds that made her suddenly and intensely aware of herself, feeling her own body and its needs.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Beowulf is largely about the coming of Christianity into the old paganism of northern Germanic society—after being about a hero overcoming a villain.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • calling over and over again the name of Jesus?his pagan body stiffened and flamed and the women laughed.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • "Don’t tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Then he let out a piercing shriek suddenly and bolted toward the door in a headlong dash back toward the enlisted men’s apartment for his camera, only to be halted in his tracks with another frantic shriek by the dreadful, freezing premonition that this whole lovely, lurid, rich and colorful pagan paradise would be snatched away from him irredeemably if he were to let it out of his sight for even an instant.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Later on, Tayo wondered if she liked it that way, going to church by herself, where she could show the people that she was a devout Christian and not immoral or pagan like the rest of the family.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • GEORGE: Not an atheist, Martha …. a pagan.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • The name of this old pagan’s god was Compound Interest.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • And he has also left other directions which the clergy of the village say should not and must not be obeyed because they savour of paganism.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • O, there be players that I have seen play,—and heard others praise, and that highly,—not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature’s journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The tardy evidence of her involuntary paganism made her even more upset.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She bent her neck, as all their necks may be seen to bend, in the pagan scenes as well as in the scriptural.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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