noun, plural her·e·sies.
Origin of heresy
Examples from the Web for heresy
A person close to the family told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle that he was initially arrested for heresy.Trust Iran? It Just Hanged a Man Who Doubted ‘Jonah and the Whale’|IranWire|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His move to the Tribune would be followed by a move to a suburban manse—“Heresy!”The Stacks: John Schulian’s Classic Profile of Newspaper Columnist Mike Royko|John Schulian|January 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few hundred years later, Belgian cartographer Gerard Mercator was charged with heresy.
He committed Republican heresy by saying revenue needs to be part of any deficit solution.Lindsey Graham Defies Party Line as Defense Cuts, GOP Primary Loom|Michelle Cottle|July 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His immigration “heresy” is more likely to help than to hurt him.Why Newt Gingrich Is a Stronger Presidential Candidate Than He Looks|Michael Medved|November 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Whatever they do not like, whatever they do not understand, is heresy!Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
When men set up terms of communion of their own, there you find the principle of heresy; there, too, there must be schism.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
The Catholics drew the sword for the extirpation of heresy; the Protestants grasped their arms to defend themselves.Henry IV, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Buddhism, although, tolerant of heresy, has ever been vehement in its persecution of schism.
Suspension deferred the execution of penalties incurred by heresy, either for a term of years, or until a council should decide.
British Dictionary definitions for heresy
noun plural -sies
- an opinion or doctrine contrary to the orthodox tenets of a religious body or church
- the act of maintaining such an opinion or doctrine
Word Origin for heresy
Word Origin and History for heresy
"an opinion of private men different from that of the catholick and orthodox church" [Johnson], c.1200, from Old French heresie (12c.), from Latin hæresis, "school of thought, philosophical sect," used by Christian writers for "unorthodox sect or doctrine," from Greek hairesis "a taking or choosing, a choice," from haireisthai "take, seize," middle voice of hairein "to choose," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE *ser- "to seize" (cf. Hittite šaru "booty," Welsh herw "booty").
The Greek word was used in the New Testament in reference to the Sadducees, Pharisees, and even the Christians, as sects of Judaism, but in English bibles it usually is translated sect. Meaning "religious belief opposed to the orthodox doctrines of the Church" evolved in Late Latin. Transferred (non-religious) use from late 14c.
Culture definitions for heresy
A belief or teaching considered unacceptable by a religious group. (See heretic.)