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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] paganus (peasant, rural, rustic), later "civilian". The meaning "non-Christian" arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century.[1] It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning. English usage from the 15th century. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990.

Pronunciation

Adjective

pagan (not comparable)

Positive
pagan

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Relating to, characteristic of or adhering to religions other than Christianity.
    Many societies kept their pagan deities in the form of saints.
  2. (by extension) Immoral, uncivilized, savage.
  3. Pantheistic or nature-worshipping, neopagan.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
pagan

Plural
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pagan ({{{1}}})
  1. A person not adhering to any major or recognized religion, especially a heathen or non-Christian (often derogatory).
  2. (by extension) An uncivilized or unsocialized person, especially of children.
  3. A follower of a pantheistic or nature-worshipping religion, a neopagan.
    This community has a surprising number of pagans.

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Augustine, Divers. Quaest. 83.

Galician

Verb

pagan

  1. third-person plural present indicative of pagar.

Spanish

Verb

pagan (infinitive: pagar)

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of pagar.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of pagar.

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