A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief
the widening schism between church leaders and politicians
The breach between the Eastern and the Western Churches, traditionally dated to 1054 and becoming final in 1472
Of, relating to, or associated with Acacius, a 5th-cent. Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who caused a split between the Eastern and Western Church from 484 to 519; especially in Acacian schism.
Of or relating to Photius, patriarch of Constantinople. Formerly also, in polemical use: †belonging to, relating to, or designating the Eastern Orthodox churches (obsolete).