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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pagan  \Pa"gan\  (p[=a]"gan),  n.  [L.  paganus  a  countryman, 
  peasant,  villager,  a  pagan,  fr  paganus  of  or  pertaining  to 
  the  country,  rustic,  also  pagan,  fr  pagus  a  district, 
  canton,  the  country,  perh.  orig.,  a  district  with  fixed 
  boundaries:  cf  pangere  to  fasten.  Cf  {Painim},  {Peasant}, 
  and  {Pact},  also  {Heathen}.] 
  One  who  worships  false  gods;  an  idolater;  a  heathen;  one  who 
  is  neither  a  Christian,  a  Mohammedan,  nor  a  Jew. 
  Neither  having  the  accent  of  Christians,  nor  the  gait 
  of  Christian,  pagan,  nor  man.  --Shak. 
  Syn:  Gentile;  heathen;  idolater. 
  Usage:  {Pagan},  {Gentile},  {Heathen}.  Gentile  was  applied  to 
  the  other  nations  of  the  earth  as  distinguished  from 
  the  Jews.  Pagan  was  the  name  given  to  idolaters  in  the 
  early  Christian  church,  because  the  villagers,  being 
  most  remote  from  the  centers  of  instruction,  remained 
  for  a  long  time  unconverted.  Heathen  has  the  same 
  origin.  Pagan  is  now  more  properly  applied  to  rude  and 
  uncivilized  idolaters,  while  heathen  embraces  all  who 
  practice  idolatry. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pagan  \Pa"gan\,  a.  [L.  paganus  of  or  pertaining  to  the  country, 
  pagan.  See  {Pagan},  n.] 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  pagans;  relating  to  the  worship  or  the 
  worshipers  of  false  goods;  heathen;  idolatrous,  as  pagan 
  tribes  or  superstitions. 
  And  all  the  rites  of  pagan  honor  paid.  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  not  acknowledging  the  God  of  Christianity  and  Judaism  and 
  Islam  [syn:  {heathen},  {heathenish}] 
  n  :  a  person  who  does  not  acknowledge  your  God  [syn:  {heathen}, 
  {gentile},  {infidel}] 

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