- 1A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief: the widening schism between Church leaders and politicians [mass noun]: the persistence of this group could produce schism within societyMore example sentences
- He entered federal parliament in 1928 and was defeated at the end of 1931 as the Australian Labor Party succumbed in NSW to a schism between the federal party and the supporters of J. T. Lang.
- A dangerous schism in the Russian party developed with the emergence of the view known as Economism.
- The author outlines both the commonalities that define science fiction fandom and the tensions and schisms within the community, focusing on participants in organized clubs, amateur publications, and conventions.
- 1.1The formal separation of a Church into two Churches or the secession of a group owing to doctrinal and other differences. See also Great Schism.More example sentences
- The centralization of the Catholic Church following the schisms of the 14th century changed how builders and patrons approached the construction and layout of churches, monasteries, and chapels.
- Such controversy, he told The Advocate, is no longer likely to lead to a church schism.
- It is only in recent years that the dialogue between the two Churches to heal the schism has been effectively re-opened.
late Middle English: from Old French scisme, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek skhisma 'cleft', from skhizein 'to split'.