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

1350–1400; < Late Latin schismaticus < Greek schismatikós (see schism, -ic); replacing Middle English scismatik < Middle French scismatique < Late Latin, as above
Related formsschis·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbschis·mat·i·cal·ness, nounnon·schis·mat·ic, adjectivenon·schis·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·schis·mat·ic, adjectiveun·schis·mat·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for schismatic

Historical Examples

  • It is claimed by China and by Europe, and the whole universe is schismatic on the subject.

    The Philippine Islands

    John Foreman

  • A Greek schismatic, attacked by a mortal malady, was brought to the hospital.

    The Miraculous Medal

    Jean Marie Aladel

  • Schismatic or seditious—tending to disrupt the unity of the Church.

  • Moses was but an Egyptian schismatic, Christianity is but a reformed Judaism.

  • In the course of his speech he spoke of the king as a "heretic and schismatic."

    Joan of Arc

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for schismatic



  1. of, relating to, or promoting schism
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  1. a person who causes schism or belongs to a schismatic faction
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Derived Formsschismatically, adverbschismaticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for schismatic

late 14c. (n.); mid-15c. (adj.), from Old French scismatique (Modern French schismatique), from Church Latin schismaticus, from Greek skhismatikos, from schisma (see schism). Used also as a noun in Old French and Late Latin. Related: Schismatical; schismatically.

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