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DICTIONARY.COM : RELIGIOUS BIAS AGAINST PAGANISM?

Our OPEN LETTER to Dictionary.com

RESPONSE from Dictionary.com

We've all sat down to write a blog article or school assignment, right? What is one thing that you reach for - a dictionary or thesaurus.
And using an online reference source is quick, easy, and painless - unless you happen to be Pagan or Wiccan, that is! What you're
looking at right now are all the definitions and synonyms for "Pagan" on DICTIONARY.COM and THESAURUS.COM. Pretty offensive references!

NOTE: Dictionary.com has made some changes to the definition PAGAN, however it still continues to display negative
terms on their Thesaurus.com page. The WICI would suggest boycotting any online reference site
that continues to discriminate against Pagans and Paganism.

On April 17, the Wiccan Interfaith Council International sent an OPEN LETTER to Ms. Michele Turner, CEO of Dictionary.com.


In her response, she states, "...we are moving it up in priority and are planning to provide a revised definition in our next update,
which should be in about 6-8 weeks." Spring, 2014

Paganize Dictionary.com : Help Get Them Out of the Dark Ages!

It's now Spring, 2017 > Visit Dictionary.com > click on THESAURUS > enter PAGAN. If these words offend you as a Pagan, then
go to Dictionary.com on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and make a complaint. Then feel free to join us on Twitter at @wiciorg
and on Facebook.


THESAURUS.COM ENTRIES FOR THE WORDS "PAGAN" AND "CHRISTIAN":
PAGAN: adj irreligious
noun person who does not believe in an orthodox religion
Synonyms for pagan
adj irreligious
agnostic, heathen, infidel, atheistic, idolatrous, impious, polytheistic, profane
Antonyms for pagan
believing, religious
More words related to pagan
ATHEIST: noun. nonbeliever
agnostic, free thinker, heathen, infidel, irreligionist, pagan, skeptic
HEATHEN: adj. not believing in christian god
agnostic, atheistic, barbarian, godless, idolatrous, infidel, irreligious, nonbeliever, pagan, profane, skeptic
INFIDEL: noun. nonbeliever
agnostic, atheist, gentile, heathen, heretic, non worshiper, pagan, unbeliever
IRRELIGIOUS: adj. ungodly
agnostic, atheistic, blasphemous, faithless, free-thinking, godless, heathen, iconoclastic, impious, irreverent, pagan, sacrilegious
sinful, unbelieving, undevout, unholy
PROFANE: adj. immoral, crude, disrespectful of religion
abusive, atheistic, blasphemous, coarse, dirty, filthy, foul, godless, heathen, idolatrous, impious, impure, indecent, infidel,
irreligious, irreverent, irreverential, mundane, nasty, obscene, pagan, profanatory, raunchy, sacrilegious, sinful, smutty, temporal,
transient, transitory, unconsecrated, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy, unsanctified, vulgar, wicked, worldly
SACRILEGIOUS: adj. profane
atheistic, blasphemous, desecrating, dirty, filthy, foul, godless, heathen, impious, indecent, infidel, irreligious, irreverent, irreverential, obscene
pagan, sinful, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy, violating
SKEPTIC: noun. person who is leery, unbelieving
agnostic, apostate, atheist, cynic, disbeliever, dissenter, doubter, doubting Thomas, freethinker, heathen, heretic, infidel, materialist,
misanthrope, misbeliever, nihilist, pagan, pessimist, profaner, questioner, rationalist, scoffer, unbeliever
NONBELIEVER: noun. unbeliever
agnostic, atheist, doubter, heathen, infidel, pagan, skeptic
HERETIC: noun. schismatic
apostate, cynic, pagan, sectarian, skeptic
IDOLATROUS: adj. fetishistic
heathen, idol worshipping, pagan
UNBELIEVER: noun. skeptic
agnostic, apostate, atheist, cynic, disbeliever, dissenter, doubter, doubting Thomas, freethinker, heathen,heretic, infidel, materialist,
misanthrope, misbeliever, nihilist, nonbeliever, pagan, pessimist, profaner, questioner, rationalist, scoffer
CHRISTIAN: as in ethical and evangelical
Synonyms for Christian
adj moral, righteous
honest, honorable, humane, principled, proper, virtuous, clean, conscientious, correct, decent
elevated, equitable, fair, fitting, good, high-principled, just, kosher, moralistic, noble,
respectable, right, right-minded, square, straight, true blue, upright, upstanding
Antonyms for christian
corrupt, dishonest, immoral, improper, unethical, unjust, unrighteous
More words related to christian
ETHICAL: adj. moral, righteous
Christian, clean, conscientious, correct, decent, elevated, equitable, fair, fitting, good
high-principled , honest, honorable, humane, just, kosher, moralistic, noble, principled, proper
respectable, right, right-minded, square, straight, true blue, upright, upstanding, virtuous
evangelical
adj. fundamentalist
Christian, apostolic, divine, evangelic, orthodox, pious, religious, scriptural
Citation from Dictionary.com / Thesaurus.com
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


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