schismatic

noun
schis·​mat·​ic | \ siz-ˈma-tik How to pronounce schismatic (audio) , ski- \

Definition of schismatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who creates or takes part in schism

schismatic

adjective
\ siz-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce schismatic (audio) , ski- \
variants: or less commonly schismatical

Definition of schismatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or guilty of schism

Other Words from schismatic

Adjective

schismatically \ siz-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce schismatic (audio) , ski-​ \ adverb

Examples of schismatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This situation has arisen because the head of state, President Poroshenko, turned to the patriarch in Constantinople to give autocephaly to the schismatics. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Apr. 2019 How much backing the schismatics might have among AK voters is unclear. The Economist, 6 June 2019 In 1997 the patriarch of the Russian church excommunicated him and declared his followers schismatics. Michael Khodarkovsky, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Benedict issued his document in 2007 to reach out to a breakaway, schismatic group that celebrates the Latin Mass, the Society of St. Pius X, which had split from Rome over the modernizing reforms of Vatican II. Arkansas Online, 17 July 2021 Benedict had issued his document in 2007 to reach out to a breakaway, schismatic group that celebrates the Latin Mass, the Society of St. Pius X, and which had split from Rome over the modernizing reforms of Vatican II. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Benedict had issued his document in 2007 to reach out to a breakaway, schismatic group that celebrates the Latin Mass, the Society of St. Pius X, and which had split from Rome over the modernizing reforms of Vatican II. Fox News, 16 July 2021 This would be the case also for an apostate, heretic, schismatic bishop, presbyter, or deacon. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021 An apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic automatically incurs excommunication, when the delict (or violation) is committed. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021 Out of this grew the schismatic Polish National Catholic Church, not recognized by Rome. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2019 The tragicomedy felt surgical, like Atlanta was Temple of Dooming America’s broken heart right out of our schismatic rib cage. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 6 Aug. 2019 The church in Ukraine has been tied to the Moscow Patriarchate for hundreds of years, although many parishes have split off over the past two decades to form a schismatic church. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of schismatic

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schismatic

Noun

Middle English scismatyk, sysmatyke, borrowed from Anglo-French and Late Latin; Anglo-French scismatic, scismatike, borrowed from Late Latin scismaticus, schismaticus, borrowed from Late Greek schismatikós, noun derivative of schismatikós, adjective, "of a schism" — more at schismatic entry 2

Adjective

Middle English scismatike, borrowed from Middle French and Late Latin; Middle French scismatique, borrowed from Late Latin scismaticus, schismaticus, borrowed from Late Greek schismatikós, from schismat-, schísma "dissension in religion" (going back to Greek, "cleft, division") + Greek -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at schism

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“Schismatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schismatic. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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