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heathen

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Definition 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

More rarely, heathen can refer to a person who lacks culture or good taste.
  • "—can't any Christian judges an' lawyers make up for heathen juries," Jem muttered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
heathen = (offensive term for) people who do not believe in God
  • Well now, she continued, several evenings later, you don't think I paid much attention to the heathen?
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • heathen = 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
  • And so she cultivated a pious interest in heathens.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • heathens = an offensive term for people who do not acknowledge the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
  • 'em he's a little heathen.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Within a year everything as far as me and the heathen were concerned ran like clockwork.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • heathen = 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
  • We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the POOR HEATHEN!
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A priest once called me a bonehead heathen, and I never returned.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • The offspring of a race of heathens, he has in truth been 'as a brand plucked from the burning.'
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • "Heathen," she chirps but shuts the door all the same.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Thou shalt laugh all the heathen to scorn.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Aristophanes was a heathen; and you, Juan, I am afraid, are very little better.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Tell them I'll sacrifice them for the sake of heathens if they don't get up!
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • 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
  • And he will bring the peoples of the heathen under his yoke to serve him....
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "Are you a heathen god of some sort?" she asked.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • It corrects your heathen state morality with a little Christianity, a little 'individual rights,' a little so-called freedom, that is all.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • You want a rest cure and a hiding place; Miss Brinklow feels a call to evangelize the heathen Tibetan.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Still, we aren't Janizaries, we aren't heathens, we won't drive you out into the forest to be eaten by bears.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • "T'ain't fitting a heathen should read the Word of God," she said.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved

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