\ 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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The latest clash reflects a broader schism among groups important to the political left — labor unions and environmentalists — over climate change policy. Sammy Roth,, "Those ads ripping Garcetti on homelessness? They’re about fighting his Green New Deal," 14 July 2019 The conference led to a schism in African letters with those from former English colonies at odds with the Francophone delegates who espoused the Negritude movement. James Murua, Quartz Africa, "The rise and rise of the literary festival in African cities," 9 Aug. 2019 But the schisms over such issues as protectionism and migration are straining efforts to forge the usual consensus on a broad array of policy approaches and geopolitical issues. Washington Post, "Abe’s G-20 show eclipsed by Trump-China trade talks, tweets," 29 June 2019 Following dozens of interviews and the review of hundreds of internal county emails and documents, a schism between the county and the collaborative is apparent. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "A county clash with ‘the collab’: Oustings, cut funding and charges of retaliation," 8 June 2019 The slayings were motivated in part by a schism within MS-13. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats," 16 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter More striking still is the widening ideological and personal schism within the very group of citizens who should be a conservative president’s most natural supporters. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 But what was important to Kinberg was exploring a dangerous character who loses control and her mind while creating a schism within the X-Men family. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How 'Dark Phoenix' brings the X-Men movie saga to a fiery, tearful close," 28 Feb. 2019 The coordinated efforts of Leonard and George shifted the landscape of the entire NBA, furthering a schism between the East and West, while also severely altering the future plans of several franchises. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Winners and Losers: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and NBA Free Agency's Second Act," 7 July 2019

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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 entry 1

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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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