schism


schism

noun \ˈsi-zəm, ˈski- also ˈshi-; among clergy usually ˈsi-\

: a division among the members of a group that occurs because they disagree on something

Full Definition of SCHISM

1
:  division, separation; also :  discord, disharmony <a schism between political parties>
2
a :  formal division in or separation from a church or religious body
b :  the offense of promoting schism

Examples of SCHISM

  1. a schism between leading members of the party
  2. 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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