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used in The Magic Mountain

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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
  • It corrects your heathen state morality with a little Christianity, a little 'individual rights,' a little so-called freedom, that is all.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (68% in)
  • Granted, there was no sufficient reason for this sympathy—particularly if one disregarded such things as his heathen name, his status as a model pupil (which, indeed, could have played no role whatever), or those Kirghiz eyes, which from time to time, in certain sidelong glances, when gazing at nothing in particular, could darken, almost melt, to a veiled dusky look—but whatever the reason, Hans Castorp did not worry about the intellectual or emotional basis of his reaction, or even...
    4.5 - Hippe (63% in)
  • ...which means there is no world that transcends the senses, no dualism; the world beyond is absorbed into this world, the polarity of God and nature is annulled, and since the human personality is no longer the battlefield of two hostile principles, but rather harmonious and unified, all human conflict stems from the clash between the interests of the individual and of society as a whole, and so the purpose of the state become the law of morality, just as in good old heathen days.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (48% in)
  • His papal claim to temporal authority was not made for its own sake; proxy dictatorship was, rather, a means, a path to a redemptive goal, a transitional phase from the heathen state to the kingdom of heaven.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (60% in)
  • His hands now loosened, parted, were spread and raised, palms outward, as if in heathen prayer.
    7.3 - Vingt et un (78% in)
  • Holy in every sense of the word, both Christian and heathen.
    7.3 - Vingt et un (88% in)
  • In short, it was a true regaling cordial, a splendid drink that invigorated, stimulated, and quickened the system—an intoxicating drug, as well, by the way; one could very easily get a little tipsy and mellow from it, he said, gesturing with both fingers and head as he had the night before in the grand jocular fashion that made him resemble a dancing heathen priest.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (9% in)
  • The tilt of the head suddenly implied roguishness; the lips, still open, smiled lewdly; the sybaritic dimple, familiar from earlier occasions, appeared in one cheek—and there was the dancing heathen priest, who jerked his head in jest and pointed in a cerebral direction.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (44% in)
  • And then they saw that luxurious little dimple blossom—sybaritic roguishness, a dancing hitch of the robes, the holy lewdness of the heathen priest.
    7.5 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Conclusion) (71% in)

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