Definition of heresy in English:

heresy

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Belief 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’
    • ‘The Church must be watchful lest false teachers worm their way into the fellowship and spread damnable heresies.’
    • ‘There is neither harsh injustice nor unprincipled love nor Christological heresy in that; there is only unfathomable mercy.’
    • ‘Once you were baptized into the Church, you were a Christian forever, unless you commit heresy.’
    • ‘Christological heresies result when one story cancels the other.’
    • ‘To our historicist age, Hildegard's Christian Platonism may seem the ultimate heresy.’
    • ‘Suppression of the movement in Bulgaria intensified after a 1211 synod condemned the heresy.’
    • ‘Sutcliffe makes no suggestion identifying New Age phenomena with Gnosticism, one of the classic heresies of the Christian church.’
    • ‘Most religious cults do teach what the Christian church would declare to be heresy but some do not.’
    • ‘The church was split by heresies concerning the person of Christ, while Mariolatry was practised to such an extent that even today many Muslims think the Christian Trinity comprises Father, Son and Mary.’
    • ‘Augustine spent more than thirty years combating heresy, writing commentaries and interpretations of Christian theology.’
    • ‘The film comes close to reviving the old Monophysite heresy - as if Jesus is totally divine in nature.’
    • ‘The creeds address incorrect beliefs or heresies of the times in which they were created.’
    • ‘It is also true, as Colin Gunton makes clear in his essay, that Arianism is a perennial Christian heresy.’
    • ‘The existence of actual witchcraft required the taint of Christian heresy.’
    • ‘In March 1638, after a heresy trial, the clergy excommunicated her.’
    • ‘Galileo was charged with heresy by the Christian church for having the temerity to suggest that the earth went round the sun.’
    • ‘Arguably, the avoidance of passive secularism led to my own eventual entanglement and heresy trials.’
    • ‘We believe that Christian Zionism is a Christian heresy - it is really misinterpreting the Bible.’
    • ‘The trials of Jesus echoed the criminal procedures of English heresy trials.’
    • ‘That rejection soon led to the Monophysite heresy, which lives on to this day in the Coptic and Ethiopian churches.’
    dissension, dissent, dissidence, blasphemy, nonconformity, unorthodoxy, heterodoxy, apostasy, freethinking, schism, faction
    scepticism, agnosticism, atheism, non-theism, non-belief, unbelief, idolatry, paganism, separatism, sectarianism, revisionism
    tergiversation, recreancy, recusancy
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    1. 1.1Opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted.
      ‘the heresy of being uncommitted to the right political dogma’
      • ‘To say, in our culture, that I have a good rhythm and balance in my life with work and activities is almost heresy.’
      • ‘In 2000 it was considered economic heresy to contemplate a breach of the stability pact.’
      • ‘But why does it have to be political heresy to go the whole hog?’
      • ‘Some of you have noticed that I've just committed heresy and contradicted doctrine.’
      • ‘To say that the value of gold was an exception would be considered heresy by him.’
      • ‘That we can still think of wringing out a song from all this is worse than heresy, blasphemy, sacrilege.’
      • ‘Indeed, they are so against the conventional wisdom that they might be termed heresy.’
      • ‘I know that's heresy, but there is a treacly quality to so much of the talk about King and his dream that it is like an overdose of candy.’
      • ‘Hacking out at the Old Course is the ultimate heresy.’
      • ‘The hounding out of heresy, whether religious or political, is always a symptom of instability in the state.’
      • ‘Even if this isn't heresy, it's bad news for women's claims for equality.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

heresy

/ˈhɛrɪsi/