Synonyms of 'heathen'
1 paganDictionary, infidel, unbeliever
the condescending air of missionaries seeking to convert the heathen
2 barbarianDictionary, savage, philistine
She called us all heathens and hypocrites.
1 paganDictionary, infidel, godless
a heathen temple
2 uncivilizedDictionary, savage, primitive
to disappear into the cold heathen north
heathen: a benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel– The Devil's Dictionary]
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If you refer to people as barbarians, you mean that they do not know how to behave properly and do not like or understand art and culture.
The visitors looked upon us all as barbarians.
If you refer to someone as a boor, you think their behaviour and attitudes are rough, uneducated, and rude.
He was a braggart, a cynic and a boor.
Thesaurus for heathen from the Collins English Thesaurus
Heathen means having no religion , or belonging to a religion that is not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.