Definition of schismatic in English:



  • Of, characterized by, or favoring schism.

    • ‘Thus, the schismatic group was not necessarily heretical.’
    • ‘Most accepted, but minorities existed, some still adhering to Rome, others, though not yet schismatic, to Presbyterianism or more extreme Protestant views.’
    • ‘The schismatic group bought the meeting house of the Unitarians located on the corner of Bull and York Streets.’
    • ‘This led church councils to impose their collective authority over unacceptable and (in this case) schismatic popes.’
    • ‘Opposition to control by an Irish-American Catholic hierarchy gave rise to bitter conflicts and even a schismatic Polish National Catholic Church.’
    • ‘Right now, I feel this country needs that empathy more than anything else because we have a schismatic president who is portraying the world as a simplistic black-and-white cartoon.’
    • ‘Perhaps we'll all think of him from time to time while we exercise the right to rip each other apart with terse comments and schismatic sentiments.’
    • ‘In 1920 a group of dissident priests formed a schismatic Czechoslovak Church after the Vatican rejected their demands for such reforms as the use of the vernacular in the liturgy and voluntary clerical celibacy.’
    • ‘So it was that his invasion of England, where the church was schismatic, was officially a crusade and a papal banner flew over the Norman knights at Hastings.’
    • ‘In fact, his election discredited the conciliar movement as being schismatic.’
    • ‘The castles themselves helped to fuel the growing schismatic power of the Barons in later years to the great detriment of the local populace.’
    • ‘Last month, Benedict met with the head of the Society of St Pius X, the schismatic traditionalist movement whose leaders were excommunicated under Pope John Paul II.’
    • ‘This, he says, was due to the fact that ‘the South's religious mind was inarticulate, dissenting, and schismatical.’’
    • ‘She remembered the schismatic Patriarchs of the later Roman empire.’
    • ‘The schismatic and regionalised development of the resistance has been its greatest weakness to date.’
    • ‘How far James contemplated turning Edinburgh into the orthodox rival of a schismatic Westminster is an interesting question, but the surviving evidence suggests he was more concerned with siring his army of bastard children.’
    separatist, heterodox, dissident, dissentient, dissenting, heretical
    breakaway, splinter
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  • (especially in the Christian Church) a person who promotes schism; an adherent of a schismatic group.

    • ‘Bishops who deny the authority of Scripture and declare that God has changed his mind on matters of sexual ethics, they say, are heretics, not just schismatics.’
    • ‘It was the unsurprising conviction of the Catholic bishops that the Catholic Church was the true church and that Orthodox Christians were schismatics.’
    • ‘Excommunication threatened the eternal life of heretics and schismatics, while the Holy Inquisition concentrated the minds of defiant Catholics by handing them over to the civil power for a spot of torture or burning.’
    • ‘Some churchmen are heard to grumble about violations of the prohibitions of shared worship with heretics and schismatics.’
    • ‘If the term ‘Christian’ is taken to include heretics, schismatics, and baptized apostates, it would still appear that most are damned.’
    dissenter, dissentient, protester, rebel, renegade, freethinker, apostate, heretic, schismatic, recusant, seceder, individualist, free spirit, maverick, unorthodox person, eccentric, original, deviant, misfit, hippy, dropout, fish out of water, outsider
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Late Middle English: from Old French scismatique, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek skhismatikos, from skhisma (see schism).