noun \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\

: someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs

Full Definition of HERETIC

:  a dissenter from established religious dogma; especially :  a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who disavows a revealed truth
:  one who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine :  nonconformist

Examples of HERETIC

  1. The church regards them as heretics.
  2. <Galileo was condemned as a heretic for supporting Copernicus's thesis that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa.>

First Known Use of HERETIC

14th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


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