Definition of heretical in US English:

heretical

adjective

  • 1Believing in or practicing religious heresy.

    ‘heretical beliefs’
    ‘a heretical theologian’
    • ‘They mentioned that under some religious lore, such an act was considered heretical.’
    • ‘Theologians attack his anti-religion stance and the heretical simply don't buy his pagan leanings.’
    • ‘Creationists live in a much stranger and deeply imaginative world than your average heretical joe.’
    • ‘Apparently Sarah shall be condemned to the City of Dis for her heretical views.’
    • ‘His views were considered heretical by many in the convent, but nevertheless he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1572.’
    • ‘My job was not to persecute people for blasphemous advances of the sciences, or for heretical religious teachings.’
    • ‘I followed none of the numerous heretical factions.’
    • ‘His heretical views on creation brought him into some disrepute.’
    • ‘There are very important lessons for us to learn from the heretical statements of this church leader.’
    • ‘Several religious groups deemed the show heretical.’
    • ‘It soars with a sonic rage and washes over the audience like psalms from a heretical hymnal.’
    • ‘If I felt I were heretical, I wouldn't call myself a Christian.’
    • ‘I think these are important questions because under some religious lore this is completely and utterly heretical.’
    • ‘Propagation of heretical beliefs is a crime.’
    • ‘I do not think there is anything sinful or heretical about such beliefs.’
    • ‘The second idea, which is much less heretical in its assumptions, concerns the liturgical role of the scripture.’
    • ‘In 1661, Louis declared that five fundamental beliefs of the Jansenists were heretical.’
    • ‘We are in for a seriously scary time, if research is to be deemed heretical and old bones worshipped.’
    • ‘He lets her read heretical magazines and brings her some lotion.’
    • ‘Our narrator has been arrested for being married to a divorced man, which is heretical.’
    dissident, dissenting, nonconformist, unorthodox, heterodox, apostate, freethinking, iconoclastic, schismatic, renegade
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    1. 1.1 Holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
      ‘I feel a bit heretical saying this, but I think the film has too much action’
      • ‘How, you ask, did such a heretical freak get a recording contract?’
      • ‘It was only decades after his death that some of his heretical philosophies saw the light of day.’
      • ‘Peckinpah was a heretical filmmaker.’
      • ‘That is an important message, as strange and heretical as it seemed when we first started.’
      • ‘Raising questions about Roe in mainstream feminist groups is considered heretical.’
      • ‘It seems almost heretical to question the merit and durability of the U.S. alliance with South Korea.’
      • ‘Such a departure seemed heretical to other artists working with abstraction.’
      • ‘The heretical movements of the Middle Ages were basically movements of social protest.’
      • ‘How could any gold advocate say such heretical things?’
      • ‘It was once dismissed as the heretical idea of green campaigners.’
      • ‘The US and UK governments regard mentioning it as disloyal or heretical.’
      • ‘Don't indiscriminately consider nationalism to be heretical.’
      • ‘Let's quickly dismiss the heretical view that the elections are about local and European issues.’
      • ‘Forcing markets to do what is generally in the public interest is heretical, right?’
      • ‘So, as a form of protest, the nobility joined the ranks of the heretical movements.’
      • ‘I made brief mention recently of the heretical view that the HIV virus does not cause AIDS.’
      • ‘He had an extensive collection of heretical materials, and was housing a subversive.’
      • ‘That would be the essential heretical statement, if there were one in this document.’
      • ‘Isn't this a heretical idea for those of us inclined toward deep reverence for the wild?’
      • ‘Why did my present critics keep silent then about my heretical slogan of permanent revolution?’

Pronunciation

heretical

/həˈredik(ə)l//həˈrɛdɪk(ə)l/