schism

noun
\ ˈsi-zəm How to pronounce schism (audio) , ˈski- also ˈshi-; among clergy usually ˈsi- How to pronounce schism (audio) \

Definition of schism

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

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Examples of schism in a Sentence

a schism between leading members of the party The church was divided by schism.

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The schism threatens to derail U.S. plans to form a Middle East Strategic Alliance envisioned as a counterpart to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Pompeo Stresses Friendship With Saudis, Amid Storm Clouds," 14 Jan. 2019 That schism is real; some gay and transgender people are beginning to re-evaluate their current and historical stance toward one another. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 One city where a schism appeared between the think tanks and the home-sharing industry was Seattle, which passed an ordinance on short-term rentals last year. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cites’ Airbnb rules," 14 Aug. 2018 The other one is the schism that is going on in the Democratic party and the sort of fight for the party’s soul. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 In theory, the Bitcoin Cash schism shouldn't affect other cryptocurrencies. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 Nov. 2018 Bitcoin could only move forward by schism rather than reformation. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 In 2016, white voters were concentrated in the Republican Party, Hispanic voters were far more powerful, and this cut a political schism in which Democrats became friendlier to immigrants and Republicans nominated Trump. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 Lamont ought to know something about a schism in the party from his 2006 upset of Joe Lieberman in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Democrats Coalescing Around Ned Lamont In Governor's Race," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of schism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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schism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of schism

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

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