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


\ 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

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

Examples of schismatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How much backing the schismatics might have among AK voters is unclear. The Economist, "Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party," 6 June 2019 In 1997 the patriarch of the Russian church excommunicated him and declared his followers schismatics. Michael Khodarkovsky, WSJ, "Russia Wages a Religious War Against Ukraine," 30 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Russian Orthodox Church issues warning to Orthodoxy's leader," 28 Sep. 2018 That possibility, which critics have called heretical and schismatic, has been a rallying cry for a small but committed group of traditionalists. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing," 9 Apr. 2018 That possibility, which critics have called heretical and schismatic, has been a rallying cry for a small but committed group of traditionalists. Jason Horowitz,, "Pope puts caring for migrants and opposing abortion on equal footing," 9 Apr. 2018 Parishes and individuals who do not recognize the authority of the Pope are considered to be outside the Church, sometimes referred to as schismatic. Monroe Trombly,, "In a suburban Cincinnati office park, white nationalists have found their lawyer – and an ally," 26 Feb. 2018 Against arguably the most schismatic political backdrop the nation has seen in 152 years, white nationalists promised to usher demonstrations into more cities. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "What August showed us about America," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of schismatic


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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