Definition of paganism in English:

paganism

noun

mass noun
  • 1A religion other than one of the main world religions, specifically a non-Christian or pre-Christian religion.

    ‘converts from paganism to Christianity’
    • ‘Archaeology does not yield reliable information about paganism.’
    • ‘In Athens, paganism took a long time dying.’
    • ‘A brief revival in paganism was introduced by Julian, cousin to Constantius, who was proclaimed Emperor in 360.’
    • ‘They built paganism into something comprehensible to their Christian audiences, complete with temples where idols were worshipped under the aegis of powerful priests.’
    • ‘These definitions of paganism came from missionaries, not from the pagans themselves.’
    • ‘There is plenty of archaeological evidence for the persistence of paganism in nominally Christian Britain.’
    • ‘The empire was founded on a shared faith more fundamental than any division between Christianity and paganism.’
    • ‘Orientalism inspired him in his adulthood the way Italian renaissance and Greek paganism inspired him as a youth.’
    • ‘The old notion of urban Christianity and rural paganism certainly cannot be sustained.’
    • ‘As converts, these leaders would be enjoined to enforce their followers to renounce paganism.’
    1. 1.1A modern religious movement incorporating beliefs or practices from outside the main world religions, especially nature worship.
      ‘modern paganism includes a respect for mother earth’
      • ‘It has been argued that paganism focuses more on the female aspect of deity rather than the male.’
      • ‘There is an illusion that paganism continues to follow its agricultural roots, where prolific sexual practices meant survival.’
      • ‘It is glorious that paganism faces the reality that we are sexual creatures, without applying a stigma to our earth-based bodies and desires.’
      • ‘Paganism appealed to me because of the freedom to follow my heart.’
      • ‘I feel that paganism is about choosing your own beliefs and ethics.’
      • ‘Paganism generally isn't a religion that one is born or forced into, it's a conscious choice.’
      • ‘I have heard it said that if you cling to Christianity, then perhaps paganism is not for you.’
      • ‘Newcomers to paganism often feel free to indulge obsessions they've had to hide for years.’
      • ‘They begin to define themselves and their paganism in terms of their personal obsessions, losing sight of the larger picture.’
      • ‘Many of those who come to paganism have felt like outcasts in the larger world.’

Pronunciation

paganism

/ˈpeɪɡ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/