- division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties.
- the parties so formed.
- 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
September 18, 2014
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.Will Women MKs Lead The New Israel?
March 18, 2013
But they did not think a schism inside the PKK would lead to such a killing.Slaughter in Paris: Who Killed the Kurds?
Christopher Dickey, Tracy McNicoll
January 10, 2013
At the fall of the western empire Acacius attempts his schism.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Rome, that boasts of her freedom from schism should blot the 18th century from her page.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Quick work was to be made of schism, heresy, and rebellion in France.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
The work of schism has been pretty extensive in some parts of this District.The Story of My Life
In that case you would choose some other ultimatum as your test of schism.Loss and Gain
John Henry Newman
- the division of a group into opposing factions
- the factions so formed
- division within or separation from an established Church, esp the Roman Catholic Church, not necessarily involving differences in doctrine
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.