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English Dictionary: heretic by the DICT Development Group
2 results for heretic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
    Synonym(s): heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast
  2. a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
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[82]r[82]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.
      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 [bd]determined by the
            authority of the universal church.[b8] --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.
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