See also: păgânism

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin paganismus(heathenism), from paganus(peasant, rural, rustic). The term was used pejoratively by early Muslims and Christians to belittle what remained of the native religions.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpeɪɡənɪzm̩/

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paganism ‎(countable and uncountable, plural paganisms)

  1. Any indigenous polytheistic religion.
    Most people in that region practise their own form of paganism.
  2. Any of a class of religions often associated with nature rituals.
    Various neopagan movements have arisen, each advancing its own form of paganism. Some are monotheist.

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