pagan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pagan not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
    • n pagan a person who does not acknowledge your god
    • n pagan someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
    • n pagan a person who follows a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion (not a Christian or Muslim or Jew)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Patrick never really drove out any snakes from Ireland. This story was an analogy of how he drove paganism out of Ireland
    • a Pagan 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."
    • n Pagan 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The name "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
    • n pagan One who is not a Christian or a member of a Christian community; in a later narrower sense, one who does not worship the true God—that is, is not a Christian, a Jew, or a Mohammedan; a heathen. See the quotation from Trench; see also paynim.
    • n pagan A heathenish or ungodly person; in old slang, a prostitute.
    • n pagan Synonyms Heathen, etc. See gentile, n.
    • pagan Pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion which is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Mohammedan; heathenish; irreligious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pagan pā′gan a heathen: one who does not worship the true God
    • adj Pagan heathenish: pertaining to the worship of false gods
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Quotations

  • Israel Zangwill
    Israel Zangwill
    “Scratch the Christian and you find the pagan -- spoiled.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.”
  • David Hare
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    “Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Will you promise me your pardon if I confess to a pagan superstition?
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
And there's two pagans in some of us.
"All the Brothers Were Valiant" by Ben Ames Williams
The one became more intensely and frantically devout, the other more frankly pagan.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He also succeeded, but with great difficulty, in having the pagan statues removed from the senate.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
But how should I bear it if the Pagans captured you and carried you to Spain?
"The Book of Romance" by Various
This nation that tried to fuse together Paganism and Christianity.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
And finally, with a clear reference to his own scholarly work, the writer justifies the new relation in which his age stood to paganism.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Better for us had we been pagans or savages.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
How easy it would be for pagan converts to fall away, or even for others not pagan, attracted by popular influences.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
And what will the child learn, in this Pagan system of education, to press down his rising passions?
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
But the pagans beat those who went to hear him, and they would not let him teach.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
In dealing with ordinary pagans of those days religion may be laid altogether on one side.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
The Franks in St. Leo's time, and for thirty-five years after his death, were still pagan.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
But the Most High himself led the victorious arms of the Hebrews, and the Pagans did not dare to attack them.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
There were pagan souls to be saved, and there was wealth for the more worldly minds.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Protestants are able to recognise a vast deal of Paganism in the teaching and ritual of the Roman Catholic Church.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
When Rome was Pagan, thought was free.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But there was a conspicuous absence of the garden statuary invariably found in pagan grounds.
"Valeria" by William Henry Withrow
The Roman Emperors sought to protect and save their own paganism.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
And this opens up some serious thoughts about the pagan world, and its relation to the kingdom of God.
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
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In poetry:

There is a sound above, around
Of music by the sea;
And weird and wide the torches glide
Of pagan revelry.
"The City Of Darkness" by Madison Julius Cawein
Down sank our threescore spears together,
As thick we saw the pagans ride;
His eager face in the clear fresh weather,
Shone out that last time by my side.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
Let thou the Pagan, to each virtue dead,
Let thou the Turk, grim Death's approaches dread:
But let not the true Christian be in pain
To pass through Death, a glorious crown to gain.
"A Short Dissertation Against The Fear Of Death, And Concerning The Benefit That Accrues From A Right" by Rees Prichard
Before thou speakest, think a little space —
Think what the Lord himself wou'd have thee say;
Then utter freely what is fraught with grace,
And tends to make, e'en Pagans, Christ obey.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
Or if we part to meet no more
This side the misty Stygian Sea,
Be sure of this: on yonder shore
Sweet cheer awaiteth such as we;
A Sabine pagan's heaven, O friend,--
The fellowship that knows no end!
"Epilogue" by Eugene Field
"And thou, brave knight, whose hand has poured
The life-blood of the Pagan horde
O'er all the land,
In heaven shalt thou receive, at length,
The guerdon of thine earthly strength
And dauntless hand.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Pagan and Cabrera add athleticism to S.F.
GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for April 20-26, 2011: Pagan , Taal and Kamchatka.
The author of ten books, Pagan Kennedy has won numerous literary prizes.
The Mets lose, but we're here to talk about Angel Pagan 's poo.
News stories tagged with " pagan ".
I have received a bunch of questions this morning from people wondering how Jerry Manuel can say that Angel Pagan 's expected absence from the Mets lineup tonight is not a setback.
Free agent center fielder Angel Pagan , a cornerstone of the San Francisco Giants' World Series championship run, reached an agreement with the Giants on a four-year contract that will pay him $40 million.
Pagans and Christians coexist, and Latin and English are both spoken in England.
When Morgan is sent to Ireland, a land where paganism still reigns, she is thrust deeper into the old ways.
Pagans celebrate while they educate.
Pagans in Mid-Missouri are working hard to educate people about their faith.
Angel Pagan , Marco Scutaro and Ryan Theriot of the San.
San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco (R) and Angel Pagan .
San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan , right, scores on a double by Marco Scutaro as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J.
Ralph Pagan , 41, has become senior advisor of brand strategy and corporate identity at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York.
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In science:

On the Frequency of Large Stock Returns: Putting Booms and Busts into Perspectives, Review of Economics and Statistics, 73, 18-24. Kearns P., Pagan, A., 1997.
Margin setting with high-frequency data1
Pagan (1979). A simple test for heteroscedasticity and random coefficient variation.
A martingale-transform goodness-of-fit test for the form of the conditional variance
Special cases of this example lead to test statistics similar to the test for individual effects in Breusch and Pagan (1980).
Neyman's C(\alpha) Test for Unobserved Heterogeneity
The first component t1n of the test statistics may be recognized as the test for individual effect in Gaussian panel data model proposed by Breusch and Pagan (1980).
Neyman's C(\alpha) Test for Unobserved Heterogeneity
If we have prior knowledge that the variance is a linear function of explanatory variables, the Breusch-Pagan test (1979) is more powerful.
A longest run test for heteroscedasticity in univariate regression model
Breusch, T.S. and Pagan, A.R. A simple test for heteroscedasticity and random coefficient variation.
A longest run test for heteroscedasticity in univariate regression model
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