They were accused of heresy.
He was preaching dangerous heresies.
Recent Examples on the WebMonica was venerated by the Catholic Church after curing her son, Augustine of Hippo, of heresy.—Matt Thompson, Spin, 10 Sep. 2023 Their most famous English translator was executed for heresy.—A.o. Scott, New York Times, 21 June 2023 Democrats are responding to this turnabout by calling for Mr. Brown to be fired for heresy.—The Editorial Board, wsj.com, 14 May 2023 With the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine's survival seems unlikely.—Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2023 And once again he was called before the Inquisition—this time he was found guilty of heresy.—Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 19 June 2023 The Catholic Church, fearing such a finding undermined the supreme authority of the Bible, charged him with heresy.—Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2018 Galileo paid for this later in life when the Catholic Church accused him of heresy, but happily, there’s no such penalty for you now.—Phil Plait, Scientific American, 2 June 2023 Sign up If the closing of these gathering places was unpopular with the eugenics crowd, Abbott’s statewide mask mandate during the first summer of the pandemic was absolute heresy.—Ana Marie Cox, The New Republic, 17 Apr. 2023 See More
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Middle English heresie, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed (with assimilation to the suffix -ie-y entry 2) from Late Latin haeresis, heresis "school (of philosophy or theology), sect, belief contrary to church dogma," borrowed from Greek haíresis "act of taking, choice, course of action or thought, system of principles, sect, faction," from haireîn "to take, grasp, (middle voice) obtain, choose, prefer" (of obscure origin) + -sis-sis