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həˈri ziˌɑrk, ˈhɛr ə si-her·e·siarch

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  1. heresiarchnoun

    The founder of a heresy, or a major ecclesiastical proponent of such a heresy.

    Etymology: From haeresiarcha, from ecclesiastical Greek ἁιρεσιαρχης ‘leader of a sect’, corresponding to heresy + -arch.

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  1. Heresiarchnoun

    a leader in heresy; the chief of a sect of heretics

    Etymology: [L. haeresiarcha, Gr. ; heresy + leader, to lead: cf. F. hrsiarque.]


  1. Heresiarch

    The noun heresiarch comes from the Greek: αἱρεσιάρχης, hairesiárkhēs via the late Latin haeresiarcha. It used to refer both to the originator of heretical doctrine, and to the founder of a sect that sustains such a doctrine. For example, according to traditional Catholic doctrine, the founders of Protestantism, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin were classed as heresiarchs as well as schismatics. Relatively little survives of the writings of some early christian heresiarchs apart from quotations preserved by their critics and, in some cases there is serious doubt as to whether the heresies with which their names are associated reflect what they actually taught and wrote. In the case of Nestorius it is now clear that he was not a "nestorian" in the classical sense of the word.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heresiarch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heresiarch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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