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Meaning of HERESY

Pronunciation:  'herisee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
  2. [n]  any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position

HERESY is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: heterodoxy, unorthodoxy
 Antonyms: orthodoxy
 See Also: disbelief, iconoclasm, nonconformance, nonconformity, orientation, unbelief



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Her"e*sy\, n.; pl. {Heresies}. [OE. heresie, eresie, OF.
heresie, iresie, F. h['e]r['e]sie, L. haeresis, Gr. ? a
taking, a taking for one's self, choosing, a choice, a sect,
a heresy, fr. ? to take, choose.]

1. An opinion held in opposition to the established or
   commonly received doctrine, and tending to promote a
   division or party, as in politics, literature, philosophy,
   etc.; -- usually, but not necessarily, said in reproach.

         New opinions Divers and dangerous, which are
         heresies, And, not reformed, may prove pernicious.

         After the study of philosophy began in Greece, and
         the philosophers, disagreeing amongst themselves,
         had started many questions . . . because every man
         took what opinion he pleased, each several opinion
         was called a heresy; which signified no more than a
         private opinion, without reference to truth or
         falsehood.                            --Hobbes.

2. (Theol.) Religious opinion opposed to the authorized
   doctrinal standards of any particular church, especially
   when tending to promote schism or separation; lack of
   orthodox or sound belief; rejection of, or erroneous
   belief in regard to, some fundamental religious doctrine
   or truth; heterodoxy.

         Doubts 'mongst divines, and difference of texts,
         From whence arise diversity of sects, And hateful
         heresies by God abhor'd.              --Spenser.

         Deluded people! that do not consider that the
         greatest heresy in the world is a wicked life.

3. (Law) An offense against Christianity, consisting in a
   denial of some essential doctrine, which denial is
   publicly avowed, and obstinately maintained.

         A second offense is that of heresy, which consists
         not in a total denial of Christianity, but of some
         its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately
         avowed.                               --Blackstone.

Note: ``When I call dueling, and similar aberrations of
      honor, a moral heresy, I refer to the force of the
      Greek ?, as signifying a principle or opinion taken up
      by the will for the will's sake, as a proof or pledge
      to itself of its own power of self-determination,
      independent of all other motives.'' --Coleridge.

Easton Bible Dictionary

from a Greek word signifying (1) a choice, (2) the opinion chosen, and (3) the sect holding the opinion. In the Acts of the Apostles (5:17; 15:5; 24:5, 14; 26:5) it denotes a sect, without reference to its character. Elsewhere, however, in the New Testament it has a different meaning attached to it. Paul ranks "heresies" with crimes and seditions (Gal. 5:20). This word also denotes divisions or schisms in the church (1 Cor. 11:19). In Titus 3:10 a "heretical person" is one who follows his own self-willed "questions," and who is to be avoided. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Pet. 2:1).

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