heretic

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noun her·e·tic \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\

Definition of heretic

  1. 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. 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.>

Origin and Etymology of heretic

see heresy


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


HERETIC Defined for English Language Learners

heretic

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noun her·e·tic \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\

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

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noun her·e·tic \ˈher-ə-ˌtik\

Definition of heretic for Students

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



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