- 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
Examples from the Web for schism
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.
For the House of Israel, such authenticity has posed the threat of a schism, between Israel and Diaspora.
But they did not think a schism inside the PKK would lead to such a killing.
When men set up terms of communion of their own, there you find the principle of heresy; there, too, there must be schism.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Buddhism, although, tolerant of heresy, has ever been vehement in its persecution of schism.
To heal the schism caused by the attitude of the Arsenites 'was the serious labour of the Church and State' for half a century.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople|Alexander Van Millingen
These English brethren, when in Scotland, consulted Knox on the dispute which they made a ground of schism.John Knox and the Reformation|Andrew Lang
"Schism is in the schism," said the Romanists, and the Emperor flattered himself with an easy victory.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
British Dictionary definitions for schism
Word Origin for schism
Word Origin and History for schism
late 14c., scisme, "dissention within the church," from Old French scisme, cisme "a cleft, split" (12c.), from Church Latin schisma, from Greek skhisma (genitive skhismatos) "division, cleft," in New Testament applied metaphorically to divisions in the Church (e.g. I Cor. xii.25), from stem of skhizein "to split" (see shed (v.)). Spelling restored 16c., but pronunciation unchanged. Often in reference to the Great Schism (1378-1417) in the Western Church.