What does heretical mean?

Definitions for heretical
həˈrɛt ɪ kəlher·eti·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissident, heretical, heterodoxadjective

    characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards


  1. hereticaladjective

    Of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.

  2. hereticaladjective

    Contrary to mainstream or accepted opinion.

  3. Etymology: from eretical and from haereticalis, from haereticus. See heretic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hereticaladjective

    Containing heresy.

    Etymology: from heretick.

    How exclude they us from being any part of the church of Christ under the colour of heresy, when they cannot but grant it possible even for him to be, as touching his own personal persuasion, heretical, who in their opinion not only is of the church, but holdeth the chiefest place of authority over the same? Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. I.

    Constantinople was in an uproar, upon an ignorant jealousy that those words had some heretical meaning. Decay of Piety.


  1. heretical

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hereticaladjective

    containing heresy; of the nature of, or characterized by, heresy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heretical in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heretical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of heretical in a Sentence

  1. Nadine Gordimer:

    Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

  2. Mark Harrison:

    Twenty years ago, this would have been heretical; finding evidence of life 3.8 billion years ago was shocking.

  3. Elbert Hubbard:

    Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it.

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