what is difference between gentile and heathen
Borrowed from French gentil (“gentile”), from Latin gentīlis (“of or belonging to the same people or nation”), a semantic loan from Hebrew גוי, morphologically from gēns (“clan; tribe; people, family”) + adjective suffix -īlis (“-ile”). Doublet of gentle and genteel. See also gens, gender, genus, and generation.
- IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛntaɪl/
- Rhymes: -aɪl
- Hyphenation: gen‧tile
gentile (not comparable)
- Heathen, pagan.
- Relating to a clan, tribe, or nation; clannish, tribal, national.
- Of or pertaining to a gens or several gentes.
- (grammar) Of a part of speech such as an adjective, noun or verb: relating to a particular city, nation or country.
gentile (plural gentiles)
- A non-Jewish person.
- (grammar) A noun derived from a proper noun which denotes something belonging to or coming from a particular city, nation, or country.
- (grammar): noun
- (grammar): patronymic
- IPA(key): /d͡ʒenˈti.le/
Borrowed from Latin gentīlis.
gentile (plural gentili, superlative gentilissimo)
- kind, courteous
- gentile1 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana
From Latin gentīlis (“heathen, pagan”).
gentile m (plural gentili)
- gentile (a non-Jewish person)
gentile (plural gentili)
- (literary) gentile (non-Jewish)
- gentile2 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ɡenˈtiː.le/, [ɡɛn̪ˈt̪iːɫ̪ɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /d͡ʒenˈti.le/, [d͡ʒɛn̪ˈt̪iːlɛ]
- nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of gentīlis
- gentile in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- absolute definite natural masculine singular of gentil.
From Middle English hethen, from Old English hǣþen, from Proto-West Germanic *haiþin, from Proto-Germanic *haiþinaz (“heathen, pagan”, adj), equivalent to heath (“heathland”) + -en. Cognate with West Frisian heiden, Dutch heiden, Middle High German heiden, German Heiden, Heide, Swedish heden, Icelandic heiðinn. See also Proto-Germanic *haiduz, Old Norse heiðr (honour, bright, moor), Icelandic heiður (honour).
- IPA(key): /ˈhiːðən/
- Rhymes: -iːðən
heathen (not comparable)
- Not adhering to Christian religion (though usually excluding the Jews); pagan.
- (by extension) Uncultured; uncivilized; savage, philistine.
- Alternative letter-case form of Heathen (pertaining or adhering to the Germanic neo-pagan faith Heathenry).
heathen (plural heathens or heathen)
- A person who does not follow a Christian religion; a pagan.
- V. Knox
- If it is no more than a moral discourse, he may preach it and they may hear it, and yet both continue unconverted heathens.
- 1930, H. E. Bolton, Anza’s California expeditions (volume 1, page 403)
- On hearing his cries two heathen who were hunting on the lagoon ran up, and they were bold enough to try to avenge the injury, making ready to shoot arrows at the soldiers, who fired two gunshots just to frighten them […]
- V. Knox
- (by extension) An uncultured or uncivilized person, philistine.
- Alternative letter-case form of Heathen (an adherent of the Germanic neo-pagan faith of Heathenry).
- (religionists) religionist; Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, deist, Druid, Eckist, heathen, Hindu, Jain, Jedi, Jew, Mormon, Mormonist, Muslim, Odinist, pagan, Pastafarian, Rastafarian, Raëlian, Shintoist, Sikh, Taoist, Unitarian Universalist, Yazidi, Wiccan, Zoroastrian (Category: en:Religion) 
- heathen on Wikipedia.Wikipedia