Definition of heretic
1 religion : a person who differs in opinion from established religious dogma (see dogma 2); especially : a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who refuses to acknowledge or accept a revealed truth The church regards them as heretics.
2 : one who differs in opinion from an accepted belief or doctrine : nonconformist
Examples of heretic in a sentence
The church regards them as heretics.
Galileo was condemned as a heretic for supporting Copernicus's thesis that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa.
Origin and Etymology of heretic
First Known Use: 14th century
HERETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heretic for English Language Learners
: someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs
HERETIC Defined for Kids
Definition of heretic for Students
: a person who believes or teaches something opposed to accepted beliefs (as of a church)
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