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heresy

noun her·e·sy \ˈher-ə-sē, ˈhe-rə-\

: a belief or opinion that does not agree with the official belief or opinion of a particular religion

plural her·e·sies

Full Definition of HERESY

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
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Examples of HERESY

  1. They were accused of heresy.
  2. He was preaching dangerous heresies.

Origin 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

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with HERESY

HERESY Defined for Kids

heresy

noun her·e·sy \ˈher-ə-sē\
plural her·e·sies

Definition of HERESY for Kids

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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