Definition of Schism

1. Noun. Division of a group into opposing factions. "Another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"

Exact synonyms: Split
Generic synonyms: Division
Derivative terms: Schismatic, Schismatical, Split, Split



2. Noun. The formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences.
Generic synonyms: Breach, Break, Falling Out, Rift, Rupture, Severance
Specialized synonyms: Great Schism
Derivative terms: Schismatic

Definition of Schism

1. n. Division or separation; specifically (Eccl.), permanent division or separation in the Christian church; breach of unity among people of the same religious faith; the offense of seeking to produce division in a church without justifiable cause.

Definition of Schism

1. Noun. A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord. ¹

2. Noun. (religion) A formal division or split within a religious body. ¹

3. Noun. (context: Catholicism) a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Schism

1. a division into opposing parties [n -S]

Medical Definition of Schism

1. Division or separation; specifically, permanent division or separation in the Christian church; breach of unity among people of the same religious faith; the offense of seeking to produce division in a church without justifiable cause. "Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by truth, and to our schisms by charity." (Eikon Basilike) Greek schism, an act of the English Parliament requiring all teachers to conform to the Established Church, passed in 1714, repealed in 1719. Origin: OE. Scisme, OF. Cisme, scisme, F. Schisme, L. Schisma, Gr, fr. To split; akin to L. Scindere, Skr. Child, and prob. To E. Shed, v.t. (which see); cf. Rescind, Schedule, Zest. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Schism

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"In England a recent attempt at schism under the leadership of Herbert Beale and Arthur Howarth, two Nottingham priests, and Arnold Mathew, has failed to ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Thus understood, schism is a genus which embraces two distinct species: heretical or ... Nevertheless there is no schism which does not trump up a heresy to ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1880)
"schism OF THE DONATISTS. arts of his favorite Osius. The influence of falsehood and corruption might procure the condemnation of the innocent or aggravate ..."

4. Sermons on Several Occasions by John Wesley (1855)
"On schism. " That there might be no schism in the body," 1 Cor. zii, 25. 1. IP there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its ..."

5. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"THE DONATIST schism UNDER CONSTANTINE ^ The Donatist schism arose in connection ... A schism, accordingly, arose in Carthage which spread rapidly throughout ..."

6. View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1848)
"Such are the leading circumstances which produced the famous schism. ... This was followed by the great schism, one of the most remarkable events in ..."

7. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1845)
"A schism took place, however ; and the mischief extended to Scotland, ... About the period of this schism, as has been already stated, our information as to ..."

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