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heretical

[huh-ret-i-kuh l] /həˈrɛt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy.
Origin of heretical
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
unorthodox, unconventional, dissident, radical.
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  • No book could be so heretical but he would read it, and read it carefully.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • He had told the zealots of the town of the new-comer's heretical mode of thinking.

  • After due examination it was condemned as heretical in 1615.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • But of all the heretical bodies in Bohemia the most influential were the Waldenses.

  • heretical worship was of a most licentious as well as disgusting kind.

  • This put the observantines in the same position as other heretical sects.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
Word Origin and History for heretical
adj.

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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