schis·​ma·​tize ˈsiz-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce schismatize (audio)
schismatized; schismatizing

intransitive verb

: to take part in schism
especially : to make a breach of union (as in the church)

transitive verb

: to induce into schism

Word History


Late Latin schismat-, schisma "division of opinion, schism" + -ize

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of schismatize was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Schismatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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