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Pagan

properly means “belonging to a village” (Latin, pagus). The Christian Church fixed itself first in cities, the centres of intelligence. Long after it had been established in towns, idolatrous practices continued to be observed in rural districts and villages, so pagan and villager came to mean the same thing. (See Heathen.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Paddington Fair
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Paddock
Paddi-whack
Paddy
Padua
Paduasoy or Padësoy
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Pæan
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Pagan Works of Art
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Page (Mr. and Mrs.)
Pagoda
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Painter of the Graces
Painter of Nature
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