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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That schism, given potency by the Arab Spring, has endured ever since. Tim Lister, CNN, "Mohamed Morsy: A polarizing legacy," 17 June 2019 The schism between the atmospheric and life sciences that Swann encountered was a holdover from the late 1800s, when the U.S. government proclaimed that planting crops and trees would turn the arid Great Plains wet. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 2018 The schism could create confusion among users and damage the reputation of the cryptocurrency. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff," 14 Nov. 2018 What this means is that the schisms within May’s party could ultimately protect her from a leadership challenge. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The no-confidence vote against Theresa May, explained," 12 Dec. 2018 The move created a family schism that would, decades later, end the dynasty. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 But that polite distance has widened into a schism since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, was swept into power in a decisive election victory. Fox News, "8-year-old girl's rape, death in India sparks widespread protests mired in religious politics," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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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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