[ huh-ret-i-kuhl ]
/ həˈrɛt ɪ kəl /


of, relating to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy.

Nearby words

  1. heresiologist,
  2. heresiology,
  3. heresthetic,
  4. heresy,
  5. heretic,
  6. hereto,
  7. heretofore,
  8. hereunder,
  9. hereunto,
  10. hereupon

Origin of heretical

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word haereticālis. See heretic, -al1

SYNONYMS FOR heretical
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for heretically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper