Webster 1913 Edition
paganusa countryman, peasant, villager, a pagan, fr.
paganusof or pertaining to the country, rustic, also, pagan, fr.
pagusa district, canton, the country, perh. orig., a district with fixed boundaries: cf.
pangereto fasten. Cf.
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.
Syn. – Gentile; heathen; idolater.
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.
paganusof or pertaining to the country, pagan. See
Of or pertaining to pagans; relating to the worship or the worshipers of false goods; heathen; idolatrous,
pagantribes or superstitions
And all the rites of
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Pertaining to the worship of false gods.