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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

Synonyms for heretical

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Historical Examples of heretically

  • He heretically calls the Isis 'a mere moat,' the Cherwell 'a ditch.'

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

    Thomas Wright

  • Even the Bonnie Lassie, stickler though she is for the eminence of nature as an artist, heretically admits this.

Word Origin and History for heretically



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

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