Schism meaning

skĭzəm, sĭz-
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The definition of a schism is a split of a group into different sections as a result of a difference in beliefs.

When members of a church congregation disagree and divide into two separate churches based on their different beliefs, this is an example of a schism.

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(religion) A formal division or split within a religious body.

The schism between Sunnis and Shias happened quite early in Islamic history.

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Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split.
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A split or division in an organized group or society, esp. a church, as the result of difference of opinion, of doctrine, etc.
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(Catholicism) A split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.
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A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
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A separation or division into factions.
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The act of causing or trying to cause a split or division in a church.
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Origin of schism

  • Middle English scisme from Old French from Latin schisma schismat- from Greek skhisma from skhizein to split skei- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French cisme or scisme, from Ancient Greek σχίσμα (skhisma, “division"), from σχίζω (skhizō, “I split").

    From Wiktionary