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.
Recent Examples of heretic from the Web
On this date: In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN’), France.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heretic'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up heretic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).