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used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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someone who is not civilized or not moral — typically said humorously


an offensive term for a person who does not believe in a preferred religion — especially someone who grew up in a culture that is not familiar with the religion
  • Clare's mind flew to the impassioned, summer-steeped heathens in the Var Vale, their rosy faces court-patched with cow-droppings; and to one the most impassioned of them all.
    4 — The Consequence (5% in)
  • The heathen temple, you mean?
    7 — Fulfilment (84% in)
  • And you used to say at Talbothays that I was a heathen.
    7 — Fulfilment (86% in)

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