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heresiarch

[huh-ree-zee-ahrk, -see-, her-uh-see-] /həˈri ziˌɑrk, -si-, ˈhɛr ə si-/
noun
1.
a leader in heresy; the leader of a heretical sect.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin haeresiarcha < Greek hairesiarchḗs the leader of a school, equivalent to haíresi(s) heresy + -archēs -arch
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  • He would sooner describe an heresiarch's country and customs than unravel his exploded opinions.
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heresiarch

/hɪˈriːzɪˌɑːk/
noun
1.
the leader or originator of a heretical movement or sect
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Word Origin and History for heresiarch
n.

1620s, from Church Latin haeresiarcha, from Late Greek hairesiarkhes (see heresy + arch-).

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