Definitions for heresyˈhɛr ə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

her•e•syˈhɛr ə si(n.)(pl.)-sies.

  1. a religious belief that is at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine of a church.

    Category: Religion

  2. the maintaining of such a belief or doctrine.

    Category: Religion

  3. the willful and persistent rejection of any belief that is part of church doctrine.

    Category: Religion

  4. any belief or theory that is at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of heresy:

1175–1225; < OF eresie < L haeresis school of thought, sect < Gk haíresis lit., act of choosing, der. of haireîn to choose

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unorthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy(noun)

    any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position

  2. heresy, unorthodoxy(noun)

    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion


  1. heresy(Noun)

    A doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from Roman Catholic dogma.

  2. heresy(Noun)

    A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or science.

  3. Origin: From heresie (modern hérésie), from haeresis, from αἵρεσις, from αἱρέομαι, the middle voice of αἱρέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heresy(noun)

    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

  2. Heresy(noun)

    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

  3. Heresy(noun)

    an offense against Christianity, consisting in a denial of some essential doctrine, which denial is publicly avowed, and obstinately maintained


  1. Heresy

    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.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the holding or teaching of) an (especially religious) opinion which differs from the official opinion.

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