Simple Definition of schism
: a division among the members of a group that occurs because they disagree on something
Examples of schism
a schism between leading members of the party
The church was divided by schism.
Origin of schism
Middle English scisme, from Anglo-French scisme, cisme, from Late Latin schismat-, schisma, from Greek, cleft, division, from schizein to split — more at shed
First Known Use: 14th century
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