Heresiarch meaning

hə-rēzē-ärk, hĕrĭ-sē-
One who originates or is the chief proponent of a heresy or heretical movement.
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The founder or head of a heresy or heretical sect.
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The founder of a heresy, or a major ecclesiastical proponent of such a heresy.
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Origin of heresiarch

  • Late Latin haeresiarcha from Late Greek hairesiarkhēs Greek hairesis sect heresy Greek -arkhēs -arch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ecclesiastical Latin haeresiarcha, from ecclesiastical Medieval Greek ἁιρεσιάρχης (hairesiarkhēs, “leader of a sect”), corresponding to heresy +‎ -arch.

    From Wiktionary