adjective Date: 1567 resembling or characteristic of heathens ; barbarousheathenishly adverb

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  • Heathenish — Hea then*ish, a. [AS. h[=ae][eth]enisc.] 1. Of or pertaining to the heathen; resembling or characteristic of heathens. Worse than heathenish crimes. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Rude; uncivilized; savage; cruel. South. [1913 Webster] 3. Irreligious; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heathenish — O.E. hæðenisc; see HEATHEN (Cf. heathen) + ISH (Cf. ish) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heathenish — heathenishly, adv. heathenishness, n. /hee dheuh nish/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to heathens: heathenish practices of idolatry. 2. like or befitting heathens; barbarous. [bef. 900; OE haethenisc. See HEATHEN, ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • heathenish — heathen ► NOUN derogatory ▪ a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially Christianity, Judaism, or Islam) as regarded by those who do. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to heathens. DERIVATIVES heathendom noun heathenish adjective… …   English terms dictionary

  • heathenish — adjective Sort of or somewhat like a heathen …   Wiktionary

  • heathenish — hea·then·ish || hɪːðənɪʃ adj. of or pertaining to heathens, pagan; resembling heathens …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heathenish — a. 1. Heathen, pagan, Gentile. 2. Barbarous, savage, cruel, inhuman …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • heathenish — hea·then·ish …   English syllables

  • heathenish — hea•then•ish [[t]ˈhi ðə nɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) rel of or pertaining to heathens 2) rel like or befitting heathens; barbarous • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • heathenish — /ˈhiðənɪʃ/ (say heedhuhnish) adjective 1. relating to the heathen. 2. like or befitting the heathen; barbarous. –heathenishly, adverb –heathenishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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