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heresy

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noun her·e·sy \ˈher-ə-sē, ˈhe-rə-\

Simple Definition of heresy

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of heresy

plural

heresies

  1. 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. 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

  1. They were accused of heresy.

  2. 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

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HERESY Defined for Kids

heresy

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noun her·e·sy \ˈher-ə-sē\

Definition of heresy for Students

plural

heresies

  1. 1 :  the holding of religious beliefs opposed to church doctrine :  such a belief

  2. 2 :  belief or opinion opposed to a generally accepted view <It's heresy in my family to not love baseball.>





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