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[huh-ret-i-kuh l] /həˈrɛt ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy.
Origin of heretical
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word haereticālis. See heretic, -al1
Related forms
heretically, adverb
hereticalness, noun
nonheretical, adjective
nonheretically, adverb
semiheretical, adjective
unorthodox, unconventional, dissident, radical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was reported that many of his staunchest old friends had turned against him on account of his heretical book.

  • So the unbelievers decided that Noah's preaching was wicked and heretical.

  • At an early age he became imbued with the heretical doctrines of religion, then first introduced in this country.

    The Prime Minister W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had told the zealots of the town of the new-comer's heretical mode of thinking.

  • The heretical 128 duke must not marry the princess, because the cardinal would have her for his secret mistress.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • You admit a heretical prelate to participate in the ceremony of your coronation.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
Word Origin and History for heretical

early 15c., from Middle French eretical and directly from Medieval Latin haereticalis, from haereticus (see heretic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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