schism

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

Definition of schism

  1. 1 :  division, separation; also :  discord, disharmony <a schism between political parties>

  2. 2a :  formal division in or separation from a church or religious bodyb :  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.

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


First Known Use: 14th century


SCHISM Defined for English Language Learners

schism

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

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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