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.
Recent Examples of heresy from the Web
Mr. Brooks said the thought of him slowing down in older age is heresy.
Believing that the PSP would be anything other than an unqualified success amounted to heresy.
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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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