[ siz-mat-ik, skiz- ]
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  1. Also schis·mat·i·cal. of, relating to, or of the nature of schism; guilty of schism.

  1. a person who promotes schism or is an adherent of a schismatic body.

Origin of schismatic

1350–1400; <Late Latin schismaticus<Greek schismatikós (see schism, -ic); replacing Middle English scismatik<Middle French scismatique<Late Latin, as above

Other words from schismatic

  • schis·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • schis·mat·i·cal·ness, noun
  • non·schis·mat·ic, adjective
  • non·schis·mat·i·cal, adjective
  • un·schis·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·schis·mat·i·cal, adjective

Words Nearby schismatic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use schismatic in a sentence

  • Frederick ReimersThe writer who soothed her cancer-diagnosed Husband—and a wider communityWe are schismatic vessels but I don’t know where our cracks are, or how deep they will be.

    The 2021 Outsiders of the Year | jversteegh | December 6, 2021 | Outside Online
  • Just a few priests ordained in the Roman Catholic Church have joined the schismatic cause.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Believing as I do that parties are essential, and that schismatic movements are futile, I make a point of not attacking them.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • Is there any Church in Christendom with such a polemical history or at the present moment so hopelessly and bitterly schismatic?

  • It was made treason to call the Queen heretic or schismatic, or to deny her right to the throne.

    History of the English People | John Richard Green
  • Captain James would never be sufficiently with a schismatic to be employed by that man Brooke in distributing his charities.

    My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for schismatic



/ (skɪzˈmætɪk, sɪz-) /

  1. of, relating to, or promoting schism

  1. a person who causes schism or belongs to a schismatic faction

Derived forms of schismatic

  • schismatically, adverb
  • schismaticalness, noun

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