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English Dictionary: schism by the DICT Development Group
3 results for schism
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. division of a group into opposing factions; "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"
    Synonym(s): schism, split
  2. the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Schism \Schism\, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme,
      L. schisma, Gr. schi`sma, fr. schi`zein to split; akin to L.
      scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see);
      cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.]
      Division or separation; specifically (Eccl.), permanent
      division or separation in the Christian church; breach of
      unity among people of the same religious faith; the offense
      of seeking to produce division in a church without
      justifiable cause.
               Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by
               truth, and to our schisms by charity.      --Eikon

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      a separation, an alienation causing divisions among Christians,
      who ought to be united (1 Cor. 12:25).
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