Hea·then n.; pl. Heathens or collectively Heathen.
1. An individual of the pagan or unbelieving nations, or those which worship idols and do not acknowledge the true God; a pagan; an idolater.
2. An irreligious person.
If it is no more than a moral discourse, he may preach it and they may hear it, and yet both continue unconverted heathens. --V. Knox.
The heathen, as the term is used in the Scriptures, all people except the Jews; now used of all people except Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance. --Ps. ii. 8.
Syn: -- Pagan; gentile. See Pagan.