heretic

noun her·e·tic \ ˈher-ə-ˌtik , ˈhe-rə- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018
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

  1. The church regards them as heretics.

  2. Galileo was condemned as a heretic for supporting Copernicus's thesis that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa.

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Origin and Etymology of heretic

Middle English heretik, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French heretic, heretik, borrowed from Late Latin haereticus, hereticus, borrowed from Late Greek hairetikós, from hairetikós, adjective, "departing from dogma, heretical," going back to Greek, "able to choose, due to choice," from hairetós "that may be taken, eligible, chosen," verbal adjective of haireîn "to take, grasp, (middle voice) obtain, choose, prefer" + -ikos 1-ic — more at heresy

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HERETIC Defined for English Language Learners

heretic

  • : someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs


HERETIC Defined for Kids

heretic

noun her·e·tic \ ˈher-ə-ˌtik \
: a person who believes or teaches something opposed to accepted beliefs (as of a church)


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