heresiarch

[huh-ree-zee-ahrk, -see-, her-uh-see-]
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noun

a leader in heresy; the leader of a heretical sect.

Origin of heresiarch

1615–25; < Late Latin haeresiarcha < Greek hairesiarchḗs the leader of a school, equivalent to haíresi(s) heresy + -archēs -arch
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heresiarch

noun

the leader or originator of a heretical movement or sect
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Word Origin and History for heresiarch
n.

1620s, from Church Latin haeresiarcha, from Late Greek hairesiarkhes (see heresy + arch-).

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