heretic


heretic
heretic n Heretic, schismatic, sectarian, sectary, dissenter, nonconformist are comparable when denoting a person who from the point of view of a particular church or religious faith is not orthodox in his beliefs.
Heretic applies to one who teaches and maintains doctrines that are contrary to those which are actually taught by the church or faith to which he belongs or has belonged
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the precursors of Luther were for the most part regarded as heretics

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he drew a circle that shut me out— heretic, rebel, a thing to flout— Markham

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to delete from history its heretics and its radicals would be to deprive it of that rare quality known as independence of mind— Neff

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Schismatic applies to one who separates from or provokes division in a church or communion usually by differing on a minor point or points of doctrine; thus, from the point of view of the Roman Catholic Church, those Eastern Christians who seceded to form the Orthodox Church are schismatics, whereas Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and other leaders of the Reformation are heretics: to the Church of England, the early Puritans and Quakers were schismatics
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it was difficult to get any bishop to run the risk of ordaining men whom Rome regarded as schismaticsMoss

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Sectarian may be applied to a member of a religious denomination or sect, often neutrally but sometimes with the implication of a rigorous and bigoted adherence.
Sectary, which is chiefly historical, more than sectarian, implies membership in a sect that is relatively small and composed of ardent and often by connotation narrow-minded and bigoted partisans
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the passing of the bill by Parliament was advocated both by churchmen and by sectarians

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collectivist movements within Christianity have proceeded almost entirely from the Anabaptists and other sectariesInge

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Dissenter, which basically means one who dissents, in the present connection, applies to a person who separates himself from and worships in a communion other than an established church (as the Church of England); nonconformist is ordinarily synonymous with dissenter, but the term has been specifically applied in England to persons who refused to accept certain religious doctrines or to follow certain religious practices imposed by the established church; thus, many of the 2000 clergymen who refused to subscribe to the Act of Uniformity in 1662 were regarded as nonconformists; Roman Catholics in England (as a class) have been held to be nonconformists rather than dissenters, since they did not accept the Church of England at any time. Nevertheless the terms are often used interchangeably
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Wesley was not a schismatic, or even, in the doctrinal sense, a dissenter. He desired, not to secede from the Established Church, but to fill it with new life— Atlantic

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the English and Scotch Nonconformists have a great horror of establishments and endowments for religion— Arnold

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Analogous words: freethinker, deist, unbeliever (see ATHEIST): *renegade, apostate

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  • Heretic — Her e*tic, n. [L. haereticus, Gr. ? able to choose, heretical, fr. ? to take, choose: cf. F. h[ e]r[ e]tique. See {Heresy}.] 1. One who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heretic — [her′ə tik] n. [ME heretike < MFr hérétique < LL(Ec) haereticus, of heresy, heretic < Gr hairetikos, able to choose, in LGr(Ec), heretical < hairein, to take, choose] a person who professes a heresy; esp., a church member who holds… …   English World dictionary

  • heretic — I noun apostate, dissenter, dissentient, dissident, haereticus, iconoclast, infidel, misbeliever, nonconformist, protestant, schismatic, sectarian, separatist, skeptic, unbeliever II index malcontent, pariah, recusant …   Law dictionary

  • heretic — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. eretique (14c., Mod.Fr. hérétique), from Church L. haereticus, from Gk. hairetikos able to choose, the verbal adjective of hairein (see HERESY (Cf. heresy)) …   Etymology dictionary

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