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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Definitions for schism

  1. division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties.
  2. the parties so formed.
  3. Ecclesiastical. a. a formal division within, or separation from, a church or religious body over some doctrinal difference. b. the state of a sect or body formed by such division. c. the offense of causing or seeking to cause such a division.

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Citations for schism
Already, the students were lining up into the two groups that would define the great schism among postwar American intellectuals. Dinitia Smith, "The Book of Jason," New York, August 7, 1989
It was from the same period… that the schism in the Fitzpatrick clan dated, a schism continuing to the present day, whereby one of the two sons in every generation abandoned the Catholic faith and became a natural scientist. W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz, translated by Anthea Bell, 2001
Origin of schism
Schism can be traced to the Greek term schízein meaning "to split." It entered English in the mid-1300s.