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Meaning of SCHISM

Pronunciation:  'sizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  division of a group into opposing factions; "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"

SCHISM is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: split
 See Also: division



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Schism\, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme,
L. schisma, Gr. schi`sma, fr. schi`zein to split; akin to L.
scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see);
cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.]
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.

      Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by
      truth, and to our schisms by charity.    --Eikon

{Greek schism} (Eccl.), the separation of the Greek and Roman

{Great schism}, or {Western schism} (Eccl.) a schism in the
   Roman church in the latter part of the 14th century, on
   account of rival claimants to the papal throne.

{Schism act} (Law), an act of the English Parliament
   requiring all teachers to conform to the Established
   Church, -- passed in 1714, repealed in 1719.

Easton Bible Dictionary

a separation, an alienation causing divisions among Christians, who ought to be united (1 Cor. 12:25).