opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.
the maintaining of such an opinion or doctrine.
Roman Catholic Church. the willful and persistent rejection of any article of faith by a baptized member of the church.
any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.
- su·per·her·e·sy, noun, plural su·per·her·e·sies.
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How to use heresy in a sentence
The trial in which he was convicted by the Inquisition for “vehement suspicion of heresy” exerted a chilling effect on progress in deciphering the laws governing the cosmos.Galileo the Science Publicist - Issue 103: Healthy Communication | Mario Livio | July 14, 2021 | Nautilus
Yes, I know this is heresy, especially the part about investment bankers.AT&T dividend cut in WarnerMedia-Discovery deal is a debacle for shareholders | Allan Sloan | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Days later, Bridenstine took this heresy further when he suggested SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket could boost humans to the Moon.So long Senator Shelby: Key architect of SLS rocket won’t seek reelection | Eric Berger | February 9, 2021 | Ars Technica
That might sound like heresy coming from a veteran journalist, and Cose knows it.Some free-speech norms are in danger. Maybe that’s a good thing. | Kenneth Mack | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few hundred years later, Belgian cartographer Gerard Mercator was charged with heresy.
But by doing his job, he may have committed unforgivable heresy in a Santorum-leaning party.Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff: the Political Fallout | Robert Shrum | January 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The find led to the discovery of other similar lakes and floods, but was initially disbelieved because it was “geological heresy.”How Noah’s Flood Spurred Science: David R. Montgomery’s ‘The Rocks Don’t Lie’ | David Sessions | August 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Joan Boughton, a widow, was burned for heresy; said to be the first female martyr of England.
Probably this is due to the long association of intellectuality and science with heresy.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
John Penry, an English controversial writer, executed for heresy against the episcopacy.
Constantine (the Great) called the first council of Nice to determine on the Arian heresy.
Third cumenical council assembled at Ephesus, to execute the decree of pope Celestine as to the heresy of Nestorius.
British Dictionary definitions for heresy
an opinion or doctrine contrary to the orthodox tenets of a religious body or church
the act of maintaining such an opinion or doctrine
any opinion or belief that is or is thought to be contrary to official or established theory
belief in or adherence to unorthodox opinion
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Cultural definitions for heresy
A belief or teaching considered unacceptable by a religious group. (See heretic.)
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