Definition of heresy
1a : adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma (see dogma ) 2) <They were accused of heresy.>b : denial of a revealed truth by a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Churchc : an opinion or doctrine contrary to church dogma
2a : dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion, or practice <To disagree with the party leadership was heresy.>b : an opinion, doctrine, or practice contrary to the truth or to generally accepted beliefs or standards <our democratic heresy which holds that … truth is to be found by majority vote — M. W. Straight>
Examples of heresy in a sentence
They were accused of heresy.
He was preaching dangerous heresies.
Origin and Etymology of heresy
Middle English heresie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin haeresis, from Late Greek hairesis, from Greek, action of taking, choice, sect, from hairein to take
First Known Use: 13th century
HERESY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heresy for English Language Learners
: a belief or opinion that does not agree with the official belief or opinion of a particular religion
HERESY Defined for Kids
Definition of heresy for Students
1 : the holding of religious beliefs opposed to church doctrine : such a belief
2 : belief or opinion opposed to a generally accepted view <It's heresy in my family to not love baseball.>
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