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(from Lat. paganus, “of the country,” from pagus, “country; village; district”). 1. Since Christianity first came to cities of the Roman empire, those who lived in the country adhered longer to non-Christian religions; hence the assoc. of the word “pagan” with the concept of unbelief; related to “heathen” meaning “one living on the heath, the uncultivated land,” e.g., a savage or unbeliever. 2. One with little or no religion.

See also Heathenism.

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