schism

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noun \ ˈsi-zəm , ˈski- also ˈshi- ; among clergy usually ˈsi- \

Definition of schism

1 :division, separation; also :discord, disharmony
  • a schism between political parties
2 a :formal division in or separation from a church or religious body
b :the offense of promoting schism

Examples of schism in a Sentence

  1. a schism between leading members of the party

  2. The church was divided by schism.

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Origin and Etymology of schism

Middle English scisme, from Anglo-French scisme, cisme, from Late Latin schismat-, schisma, from Greek, cleft, division, from schizein to split — more at shed


SCHISM Defined for English Language Learners

schism

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Definition of schism for English Language Learners

  • : a division among the members of a group that occurs because they disagree on something



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