Definition of heresy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛrɪsi/

noun (plural heresies)

[mass noun]
1Belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine: Huss was burned for heresy [count noun]: the doctrine was denounced as a heresy by the Pope
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  • It is also true, as Colin Gunton makes clear in his essay, that Arianism is a perennial Christian heresy.
  • Sutcliffe makes no suggestion identifying New Age phenomena with Gnosticism, one of the classic heresies of the Christian church.
  • The film comes close to reviving the old Monophysite heresy - as if Jesus is totally divine in nature.
dissension, dissent, dissidence, blasphemy, nonconformity, unorthodoxy, heterodoxy, apostasy, freethinking, schism, faction;
scepticism, agnosticism, atheism, non-theism, non-belief, unbelief, idolatry, paganism, separatism, sectarianism, revisionism
rare tergiversation, recreancy, recusancy
1.1Opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted: the heresy of being uncommitted to the right political dogma
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  • But why does it have to be political heresy to go the whole hog?
  • Indeed, they are so against the conventional wisdom that they might be termed heresy.
  • Hacking out at the Old Course is the ultimate heresy.


Middle English: from Old French heresie, based on Latin haeresis, from Greek hairesis 'choice' (in ecclesiastical Greek 'heretical sect'), from haireomai 'choose'.

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