heathenish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj heathenish not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heathenish Irreligious; as, a heathenish way of living.
    • Heathenish Of or pertaining to the heathen; resembling or characteristic of heathens. "Worse than heathenish crimes."
    • Heathenish Rude; uncivilized; savage; cruel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heathenish Of or pertaining to gentiles or pagans; characteristic of or practised by the heathen: as, heathenish rites.
    • heathenish Hence Uncivilized; uncultured; rude; savage; degraded; cruel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heathenish relating to the heathen: rude: uncivilised: cruel
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hǣðenisc,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hǽðen, a heathen; Dut. heiden.

Usage

In literature:

Isn't it perfectly heathenish?
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
We send missionaries to all heathenish lands.
"The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893" by Various
I could scarcely keep from shuddering when I heard them speaking in this wild, heathenish, bloody sort of a manner.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
I wish though he wasn't a repeating of that there heathenish Latin.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Do I believe that she is wild, unwomanly, heathenish, as Mrs. Danby says?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Heathenish prophecies are often the consequence of godly truth and wisdom.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Nevertheless, it was not the Christians who harassed and scattered them, but the heathenish Roman emperor.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
This is a heathenish place near delightful places, but inhabited, alas!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Let no one say this was a heathenish jest; on the contrary, it was a Christian one.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Heathenish, some of them!
"The Daughter of a Republican" by Bernie Babcock
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In poetry:

What’s man but a heathenish bandit?
Earth’s charity proves but a lie -
Tis given with looks that remand it;
Philanthropy’s all in your eye.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
"You can keep your pearls and your gold earring,
And your bird of the East that will not sing,
But, Ned, have you nothing more for me
Than heathenish gew-gaw toys?" says she,
"Have you nothing better for Nancy?"
"Neglectful Edward" by Robert Graves