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heresiarch

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noun he·re·si·arch \hə-ˈrē-zē-ˌärk, ˈher-ə-sē-\

Definition of heresiarch

  1. :  an originator or chief advocate of a heresy



Examples of heresiarch

  1. <his about-face on welfare reform has led him to be seen as a heresiarch among his party's faithful>



Origin of heresiarch

Late Latin haeresiarcha, from Late Greek hairesiarchēs, from hairesis + Greek -archēs -arch


First Known Use: 1624


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