One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of pagans.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Andrew Marvell (1621–1678), poet and politician. Either from post-classical Latin paganicus of or relating to pagans, specifically use of classical Latin pāgānicus of or belonging to the village people from pāgānus inhabitant of a rural community + -icus, or independently from pagan + -ic.
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