heretical

adjective he·ret·i·cal \ hə-ˈre-ti-kəl \
variants: or less commonly heretic play \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of heretical

1 : of or relating to adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma : characterized by heresy
  • heretical writings
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards : unorthodox
  • It would be heretical to suggest changing company policy.

heretically

play \hə-ˈre-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of heretical in a Sentence

  1. the belief that women should be allowed to have careers outside the home was once considered heretical

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Origin and Etymology of heretical

see heresy

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