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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy.
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Origin of heretical

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word haereticālis. See heretic, -al1
Related formshe·ret·i·cal·ly, adverbhe·ret·i·cal·ness, nounnon·he·ret·i·cal, adjectivenon·he·ret·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·he·ret·i·cal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for heretical


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

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