Simple Definition of heresy
: a belief or opinion that does not agree with the official belief or opinion of a particular religion
Full Definition of heresyplural
1 a : adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma b : denial of a revealed truth by a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church c : an opinion or doctrine contrary to church dogma
2 a : dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion, or practice b : an opinion, doctrine, or practice contrary to the truth or to generally accepted beliefs or standards
Examples of heresy in a sentence
They were accused of heresy.
He was preaching dangerous heresies.
Origin and Etymology of heresy
Middle English heresie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin haeresis, from Late Greek hairesis, from Greek, action of taking, choice, sect, from hairein to take
First Known Use: 13th century
HERESY Defined for Kids
Definition of heresy for Students
1 : the holding of religious beliefs opposed to church doctrine : such a belief
2 : belief or opinion opposed to a generally accepted view <It's heresy in my family to not love baseball.>
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