- 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.
Origin of schism
OTHER WORDS FROM schismschismless, adjective
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How to use schism in a sentence
The schism within the GOP makes it all the more difficult to mobilize public opinion against Afghan refugees.Americans Have A Long History Of Opposing Refugees. But Most Support Afghan Asylum Seekers.|Michael Tesler|September 8, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The position reaffirmed their own validity — and their own authority — among a world of competing voices, as society fractured into increasingly numerous schisms during the 1960s.Even LDS leaders are struggling to get Mormons vaccinated against the coronavirus|Benjamin Park|August 24, 2021|Washington Post
She’s got so much on her shoulders and a real schism within her.
“There’s a schism in our picture of the world, and this is bridging that gap,” said Leron Borsten, a physicist at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.How Gravity Is a Double Copy of Other Forces|Charlie Wood|May 4, 2021|Quanta Magazine
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.Will Women MKs Lead The New Israel?|Paul Usiskin|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
British Dictionary definitions for schism
Word Origin for schism
Cultural definitions for schism
A break within a church, such as the division between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.