unorthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy(noun)
any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
A doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from Roman Catholic dogma.
A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or science.
Origin: From heresie (modern hérésie), from haeresis, from αἵρεσις, from αἱρέομαι, the middle voice of αἱρέω.
an opinion held in opposition to the established or commonly received doctrine, and tending to promote a division or party, as in politics, literature, philosophy, etc.; -- usually, but not necessarily, said in reproach
religious opinion opposed to the authorized doctrinal standards of any particular church, especially when tending to promote schism or separation; lack of orthodox or sound belief; rejection of, or erroneous belief in regard to, some fundamental religious doctrine or truth; heterodoxy
an offense against Christianity, consisting in a denial of some essential doctrine, which denial is publicly avowed, and obstinately maintained
Origin: [OE. heresie, eresie, OF. heresie, iresie, F. hrsie, L. haeresis, Gr. a taking, a taking for one's self, choosing, a choice, a sect, a heresy, fr. to take, choose.]
Heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs. Heresy is distinct from both apostasy, which is the explicit renunciation of one's religion, principles or cause, and blasphemy, which is irreverence toward religion. Heresy is usually used to discuss violations of religious or traditional laws or legal codes, although it is used by some political extremists to refer to their opponents. It carries the connotation of behaviors or beliefs likely to undermine accepted morality and cause tangible evils, damnation, or other punishment. In Abrahamic religions, it also implies that the heretic is in alliance with the religion's symbol of evil, such as Satan or chaos. In certain historical Christian, Jewish, and some modern cultures, espousing ideas deemed heretical was punishable by law.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
her′e-si, n. the adoption and maintaining opinions contrary to the authorised teaching of the religious community to which one naturally belongs: an opinion adopted for one's self in opposition to the usual belief: heterodoxy.—ns. Heresiarch (her′e-si-ärk, or he-rē′zi-ärk), a leader in heresy, a chief among heretics; Heresiog′rapher, one who writes about heresies; Heresiog′raphy, a treatise on heresies; Heresiol′ogist, a student of, or writer on, heresies; Heresiol′ogy, the study or the history of heresies; Her′etic, the upholder of a heresy.—adj. Heret′ical.—adv. Heret′ically.—v.t. Heret′icate, to denounce as heretical. [O. Fr. heresie—L. hæresis—Gr. hairesis—hairein, to take.]
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The numerical value of heresy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of heresy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- kettery, dwaalleer, dwaallereAfrikaans
- هرطقة, بدعةArabic
- heretgiaCatalan, Valencian
- Ketzerei, HäresieGerman
- بدعت, ارتدادPersian
- kerettiläisyys, vääräoppisuus, vääräuskoisuus, harhaoppiFinnish
- bidat, aliran sesatIndonesian
- 異端, 邪教, 邪宗Japanese
- dwaalleer, ketterijDutch
- herezja, kacerstwoPolish
- Dị giáoVietnamese
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