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

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
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

  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


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