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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heresy  \Her"e*sy\,  n.;  pl  {Heresies}.  [OE.  heresie,  eresie  OF 
  heresie,  iresie,  F.  h['e]r['e]sie,  L.  haeresis  Gr  ?  a 
  taking,  a  taking  for  one's  self  choosing,  a  choice,  a  sect, 
  a  heresy,  fr  ?  to  take  choose.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heresy 
  n  1:  any  opinions  or  doctrines  at  variance  with  the  official  or 
  orthodox  position  [syn:  {unorthodoxy},  {heterodoxy}] 
  [ant:  {orthodoxy}] 
  2:  a  belief  that  rejects  the  orthodox  tenets  of  a  religion 
  [syn:  {unorthodoxy}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Heresy 
  from  a  Greek  word  signifying  (1)  a  choice,  (2)  the  opinion 
  chosen,  and  (3)  the  sect  holding  the  opinion.  In  the  Acts  of  the 
  Apostles  (5:17;  15:5;  24:5,  14;  26:5)  it  denotes  a  sect,  without 
  reference  to  its  character.  Elsewhere,  however,  in  the  New 
  Testament  it  has  a  different  meaning  attached  to  it  Paul  ranks 
  heresies"  with  crimes  and  seditions  (Gal.  5:20).  This  word  also 
  denotes  divisions  or  schisms  in  the  church  (1  Cor.  11:19).  In 
  Titus  3:10  a  "heretical  person"  is  one  who  follows  his  own 
  self-willed  "questions,"  and  who  is  to  be  avoided.  Heresies  thus 
  came  to  signify  self-chosen  doctrines  not  emanating  from  God  (2 
  Pet.  2:1). 
 




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