heresiarch

noun
he·​re·​si·​arch | \ hə-ˈrē-zē-ˌärk How to pronounce heresiarch (audio) , ˈher-ə-sē- How to pronounce heresiarch (audio) \

Definition of heresiarch

: an originator or chief advocate of a heresy

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

First Known Use of heresiarch

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -arch entry 1 — more at heresy

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“Heresiarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heresiarch. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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