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[pey-nim] /ˈpeɪ nɪm/

noun, Archaic.
a pagan or heathen.
a Muslim.
pagandom; heathendom.
noun (archaic)
a heathen or pagan
a Muslim

mid-13c., “heathen lands,” from Old French paienime, paienisme “heathen, pagan; Saracen lands or culture or faith,” from Late Latin paganismus “heathendom” (Augustine), from paganus “heathen” (see pagan); mistaken meaning “a heathen person” (late 14c., also in Old French) is via phrases such as paynim lands.


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