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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heathen  \Hea"then\  (?;  277),  n.;  pl  {Heathens}or  collectively 
  {Heathen}.  [OE.  hethen,  AS  h??en,  prop.  an  adj  fr  h?? 
  heath,  and  orig.,  therefore,  one  who  lives  in  the  country  or 
  on  the  heaths  and  in  the  woods  (cf.  pagan,  fr  pagus 
  village);  akin  to  OS  h??in,  adj.,  D.  heiden  a  heathen,  G. 
  heide,  OHG.  heidan,  Icel.  hei?inn,  adj.,  Sw  heden,  Goth. 
  haipn?,  n.  fem.  See  {Heath},  and  cf  {Hoiden}.] 
  1.  An  individual  of  the  pagan  or  unbelieving  nations,  or 
  those  which  worship  idols  and  do  not  acknowledge  the  true 
  God;  a  pagan;  an  idolater. 
 
  2.  An  irreligious  person. 
 
  If  it  is  no  more  than  a  moral  discourse,  he  may 
  preach  it  and  they  may  hear  it  and  yet  both 
  continue  unconverted  heathens.  --V.  Knox. 
 
  {The  heathen},  as  the  term  is  used  in  the  Scriptures,  all 
  people  except  the  Jews;  now  used  of  all  people  except 
  Christians,  Jews,  and  Mohammedans. 
 
  Ask  of  me  and  I  shall  give  thee  the  heathen  for 
  thine  inheritance.  --Ps.  ii  8. 
 
  Syn:  Pagan;  gentile.  See  {Pagan}. 




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