Heretic definition

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A person who professes a heresy; esp., a church member who holds beliefs opposed to church dogma.
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The definition of a heretic is a person who violates established rules and tenants of a religion, or is a person who has views that don't conform to the norm.

An example of a heretic is a person who has views that do not conform to the views of the Roman Catholic church.

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Someone who, in the opinion of others, believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to.
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A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.
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(archaic) Heretical; of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heretic
Plural:
heretics

Origin of heretic

  • Middle English heretik from Old French heretique from Late Latin haereticus from Greek hairetikos able to choose, factious from hairetos chosen from haireisthai to choose heresy

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

  • Middle English, from Old French eretique, from Medieval Latin haereticus, from Ancient Greek αἱρετικός (hairetikos, “able to choose, factious”)

    From Wiktionary