Schism Definition

skĭzəm, sĭz-
schisms
noun
schisms
A separation or division into factions.
American Heritage
A split or division in an organized group or society, esp. a church, as the result of difference of opinion, of doctrine, etc.
Webster's New World
The act of causing or trying to cause a split or division in a church.
Webster's New World
A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
American Heritage
Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Schism

Noun

Singular:
schism
Plural:
schisms

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

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