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heretic


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heretic  \Her"e*tic\,  n.  [L.  haereticus  Gr  ?  able  to  choose 
  heretical,  fr  ?  to  take  choose:  cf  F.  h['e]r['e]tique.  See 
  {Heresy}.] 
  1.  One  who  holds  to  a  heresy;  one  who  believes  some  doctrine 
  contrary  to  the  established  faith  or  prevailing  religion. 
 
  A  man  that  is  an  heretic,  after  the  first  and  second 
  admonition,  reject.  --Titus  iii. 
  10. 
 
  2.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  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.''  --Addis  &  Arnold. 
 
  Syn:  {Heretic},  {Schismatic},  {Sectarian}. 
 
  Usage:  A  heretic  is  one  whose  errors  are  doctrinal,  and 
  usually  of  a  malignant  character,  tending  to  subvert 
  the  true  faith.  A  schismatic  is  one  who  creates  a 
  schism,  or  division  in  the  church,  on  points  of  faith, 
  discipline,  practice,  etc.,  usually  for  the  sake  of 
  personal  aggrandizement.  A  sectarian  is  one  who 
  originates  or  is  an  ardent  adherent  and  advocate  of  a 
  sect,  or  distinct  organization,  which  separates  from 
  the  main  body  of  believers. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heretic 
  n  1:  a  person  who  holds  religious  beliefs  in  conflict  with  the 
  dogma  of  the  Roman  Catholic  Church  [syn:  {misbeliever}, 
  {religious  outcast}] 
  2:  a  person  who  holds  unorthodox  opinions  in  any  field  (not 
  merely  religion) 




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