from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A separation or division into factions.
- n. A formal breach of union within a Christian church.
- n. The offense of attempting to produce such a breach.
- n. Disunion; discord.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
- n. A formal division or split within a religious body.
- n. a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Division or separation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Division or separation; specifically, in ecclesiastical usage, a formal separation within or from an existing church or religious body, on account of some difference of opinion with regard to matters of faith or discipline.
- n. The offense of seeking to produce a division in a church.
- n. A schismatic body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
- n. division of a group into opposing factions
The resistance which followed, both in Bombay and in other parts of India has uniformly been called the "Goan or Indo-Portuguese Schism" by writers outside the Padroado party; and the term schism occurs frequently in the pronouncements of the Holy See; but the Padroadists themselves have always resented this title on the ground that the fault lay with the
Let others, under pretence of a dread of what they call schism, run back into antichris - tian errors and heresies.
Newman realised that he had to find an answer to the pressing question: was his position wrong or was the church of England in schism?
In fact, the Catholic/Orthodox schism is rather the older schism.
The story of a liberal technocrat jumping into a generational schism is a microcosm of what Fitzgibbonwants to do in Olympia.
We are a group of Episcopalians committed to unity, faith, and charity without schism from the Episcopal Church.
But a prospective Taliban/AQ schism is worth a hell of a lot, because the Taliban has never been the real target.
Hmmm ¦ sorta makes ya wonder if maybe ideological schism is as basic to human nature as ideology, eh?
Hmmm … sorta makes ya wonder if maybe ideological schism is as basic to human nature as ideology, eh?
If, therefore, the word schism denotes a division, it would seem not to differ, as a special sin, from the sin of unbelief.