heresiarch

noun he·re·si·arch \ hə-ˈrē-zē-ˌärk , ˈher-ə-sē- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of heresiarch

: an originator or chief advocate of a heresy

Examples of heresiarch in a Sentence

  1. his about-face on welfare reform has led him to be seen as a heresiarch among his party's faithful

Origin and Etymology of heresiarch

borrowed from Late Latin haeresiarchēs, haeresiarcha, borrowed from Greek hairesiárchēs, "leader of a school or sect," from haíresis "system of principles, sect, faction" + -archēs 1-arch — more at heresy


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