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paynim n : a heathen; a person who is not a Christian (especially a Muslim)

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From Old French paienime, from ecclesiastical Latin paganismus ‘paganism’, from Latin paganus ‘pagan’.


  • /'peɪnɪm/


  1. a pagan or heathen, especially a Muslim or Jew
    • 1964: St Helen’s bell rang reminders that she lived, a paynim or Mahometan, in the church’s shadow. — Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like The Sun
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