- a formal division within, or separation from, a church or religious body over some doctrinal difference.
- the state of a sect or body formed by such division.
- the offense of causing or seeking to cause such a division.
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Origin of schism
OTHER WORDS FROM schismschismless, adjective
Words nearby schism
Example sentences from the Web for schism
To see that schism playing out in companies’ bottom lines, just compare the results of struggling fashion retailers like Banana Republic, Macy’s or Nordstrom with those of those of Lululemon Athleta or Old Navy.
Aberdeen, perched on the North Sea, offers a perfect example of the schism between the top and bottom earners.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The schism in Wisconsin was the first crack in the Republican Party's hegemony.
Instead, journalists reached back to an earlier Republican schism from the days of Ulysses S. Grant.
Those are all products of political systems gone badly awry—through schism, invasion, or breakdown.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’|Jedediah Purdy|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the House of Israel, such authenticity has posed the threat of a schism, between Israel and Diaspora.
More than this, Jacobitism brought the National Church into peril of downright schism.
Even Bishop Ken said of him that he showed zeal to make the schism incurable.
This latter party had been rent asunder by the nonjuring schism.
The schism was not confined to the narrow limits of the Byzantine empire.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
So ended the schism; and Bernard left Rome within five days after finishing his work.