heresiarch

noun

he·​re·​si·​arch hə-ˈrē-zē-ˌärk How to pronounce heresiarch (audio) ˈher-ə-sē- How to pronounce heresiarch (audio)
: an originator or chief advocate of a heresy

Examples of heresiarch in a Sentence

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heresiarch was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Heresiarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heresiarch. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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