heretic

noun her·e·tic \ ˈher-ə-ˌtik , ˈhe-rə- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

  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

see heresy

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HERETIC Defined for English Language Learners

heretic

noun

Definition of heretic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 \

Definition of heretic for Students

: a person who believes or teaches something opposed to accepted beliefs (as of a church)


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