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Definitions for heretic
ˈhɛr ɪ tɪk; həˈrɛt ɪkher·etic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heretic, misbeliever, religious outcastnoun

    a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church

  2. hereticnoun

    a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)


  1. hereticnoun

    Someone who in the opinion of others believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to.

  2. hereticadjective

    Heretical; of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.

  3. Etymology: from eretique, from haereticus, from αἱρετικός


  1. heretic

    Heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs, in particular the accepted beliefs of a church or religious organization. The term is usually used in reference to violations of important religious teachings, but is also used of views strongly opposed to any generally accepted ideas. A heretic is a proponent of heresy.The term is used particularly in reference to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In certain historical Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures, among others, espousing ideas deemed heretical was (and in some cases still is) met with censure ranging from excommunication to the death penalty. Heresy is distinct from apostasy, which is the explicit renunciation of one's religion, principles or cause; and from blasphemy, which is an impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things. Heresiology is the study of heresy.


  1. heretic

    A heretic is a person who holds religious beliefs or theories that are significantly different from and in direct conflict with the established, officially accepted beliefs and doctrines of a particular religion, especially their own, often leading to their exclusion or excommunication by their religious community. In a broader sense, it can refer to anyone who holds unorthodox views or ideas in any discipline or field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hereticnoun

    one who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion

  2. Hereticnoun

    one who having made a profession of Christian belief, deliberately and pertinaciously refuses to believe one or more of the articles of faith "determined by the authority of the universal church."


  1. Heretic

    Heretic is a dark fantasy first-person shooter video game created by Raven Software, published by id Software, and distributed by GT Interactive in 1994. It was made available on Steam on August 3, 2007. Using a modified Doom engine, Heretic was one of the first first-person games to feature inventory manipulation and the ability to look up and down. It also introduced multiple gib objects spawned when a character suffered a death by extreme force or heat. Previously, the character would simply crumple into a heap. The game used randomized ambient sounds and noises, such as evil laughter, chains rattling, distantly ringing bells and water dripping in addition to the background music to further enhance the atmosphere. All music in the game was composed by Kevin Schilder. An indirect sequel, Hexen, was released a year later. Heretic II was released in 1998, which served as a direct sequel continuing the story.

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  1. erethic

  2. etheric

  3. teicher

  4. heteric

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heretic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heretic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of heretic in a Sentence

  1. Albert Camus:

    Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

  2. John Milton:

    A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.

  3. Edwin Markham:

    He drew a circle that shut me out -- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.

  4. Mike Ginsberg:

    The challenge for us, the challenge for everyone, is that any time anybody disagrees with this type of educational approach, they're branded as a racist or a heretic or what have you, and the ad hominems start to flow, and a reasoned discussion never takes place.

  5. Ezra Pound:

    If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.

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