Definition of schismatic in English:
Of, characterized by, or favoring schism.
- So it was that his invasion of England, where the church was schismatic, was officially a crusade and a papal banner flew over the Norman knights at Hastings.
- In 1920 a group of dissident priests formed a schismatic Czechoslovak Church after the Vatican rejected their demands for such reforms as the use of the vernacular in the liturgy and voluntary clerical celibacy.
- Opposition to control by an Irish-American Catholic hierarchy gave rise to bitter conflicts and even a schismatic Polish National Catholic Church.
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(Especially in the Christian Church) a person who promotes schism; an adherent of a schismatic group.
- If the term ‘Christian’ is taken to include heretics, schismatics, and baptized apostates, it would still appear that most are damned.
- Some churchmen are heard to grumble about violations of the prohibitions of shared worship with heretics and schismatics.
- Bishops who deny the authority of Scripture and declare that God has changed his mind on matters of sexual ethics, they say, are heretics, not just schismatics.
- Example sentences
- The parishes that object to the motion are accusing the church of acting schismatically and essentially of having contravened canon law.
- In his opinion, reflection on the church's tradition had become the means for distinguishing orthodoxy and heresy in a Johannine church that, by the time of 1 John, was schismatically at odds with itself.
- However at the same time I do not view science as something schismatically separate from my Christianity.
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