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used in The Poisonwood Bible

8 uses
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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
  • We just got shoved straight into the heathen pandemony.
    Book 1 — Genesis (22% in)
  • I am a messenger of God's great good news for all mankind, and He has bestowed upon me a greater strength than the brute ox or the most stalwart among the heathen.
    Book 2 — Revelation (44% in)
  • I reckon he was wondering which one Father had him pegged for, brute ox or stalwart heathen.
    Book 2 — Revelation (44% in)
  • Would he really condemn some children to eternal suffering just for the accident of a heathen birth, and reward others for a privilege they did nothing to earn?
    Book 2 — Revelation (87% in)
  • If there was still some part of a beautiful heathen girl in me, a girl drawn to admiration like a moth to moonlight, and if her heart still pounded on Georgia nights when the peeper frogs called out from roadside ditches, she was too dumbfounded to speak up for herself.
    Book 3 — Judges (10% in)
  • But the Reverend feels he is doing such a ripping job of clarifying all fine points of the Scripture to the heathen, he cannot imagine that he is still merely serving the purpose of cleaning up the streets, as it were.
    Book 3 — Judges (17% in)
  • The Reverend failed to notice that every churchgoing family whose children were struck hard with the kakakaka quietly removed themselves back to ancestor worship, while a few of the heathen families that were hard hit quietly came and tried out Christianity.
    Book 3 — Judges (18% in)
  • The astonishing, the bereft, bizarre, and homeless (for we could no longer live in a parsonage without a parson), tainted by darkest Africa and probably heathen, Orleanna and Adah, who have slunk back to town without their man, like a pair of rabid dalmations staggering home without their fire engine.
    Book 5 — Exodus (19% in)

There are no more uses of "heathen" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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