Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online, 9/30/05

Pronunciation: `pA-g&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin paganus, from Latin, civilian, country dweller, from pagus country district; akin to Latin pangere to fix.
1: HEATHEN; especially: a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome)
2: one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods: an irreligious or hedonistic person
pagan adjective
paganish adjective

Pronunciation: `pan-theE-"i-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: French panthéisme, from panthéiste pantheist, from English pantheist, from pan- + Greek theos god
1: a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
2: the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also: toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire)
pantheist noun

Pronunciation: `pa-lE-"thE-"i-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: French polytheisme, from Late Greek polytheos polytheistic, from Greek, of many gods, from poly- + theos god
belief in or worship of more than one god
polytheistical adjective

Pronunciation: `pA-g&n
Function: noun
a person who practices a contemporary form of paganism (as Wicca)
neo-pagan adjective
neo-paganism noun

Pronunciation: `hE-[th] &n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English hethen, from Old English h[AE]then; akin to Old High German heidan heathen, and probably to Old English h[AE]th heath
1: of or relating to heathens , their religions, or their customs
2: strange, uncivilized

Myth's Notes: These definitions, which were taken from a standard online dictionary, relate to an essay, Pagan, Pantheism, Polytheism, "Oh, Those P Words."

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