noun, plural heresies.
opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.
the maintaining of such an opinion or doctrine.
Roman Catholic Church. the willful and persistent rejection of any article of faith by a baptized member of the church.
any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.

1175–1225; Middle English heresie < Old French eresie < Latin haeresis school of thought, sect < Greek haíresis, literally, act of choosing, derivative of haireîn to choose

superheresy, noun, plural superheresies.

4. dissent, iconoclasm, dissension. Unabridged
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heresy (ˈhɛrəsɪ)
n , pl -sies
1.  a.  an opinion or doctrine contrary to the orthodox tenets of a religious body or church
 b.  the act of maintaining such an opinion or doctrine
2.  any opinion or belief that is or is thought to be contrary to official or established theory
3.  belief in or adherence to unorthodox opinion
[C13: from Old French eresie, from Late Latin haeresis, from Latin: sect, from Greek hairesis a choosing, from hairein to choose]

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Word Origin & History

"an opinion of private men different from that of the catholick and orthodox church" [Johnson], early 13c., from O.Fr. heresie, from L. hæresis, "school of thought, philosophical sect," used by Christian writers for "unorthodox sect or doctrine," from Gk. hairesis "a taking or choosing," from
haireisthai "take, seize," middle voice of hairein "to choose," of unknown origin. The Greek word was used in N.T. in ref. to the Sadducees, Pharisees, and even the Christians, as sects of Judaism, but in English bibles it is usually translated sect. Meaning "religious belief opposed to the orthodox doctrines of the Church" evolved in L.L. in the Dark Ages.
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Cultural Dictionary

heresy definition

A belief or teaching considered unacceptable by a religious group. (See heretic.)

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Bible Dictionary

Heresy definition

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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Example sentences
They are all guilty of heresy.
They should be pillorying and decrying this article as heresy.
Such ideas have been heresy in the halls of Congress until recently.
He was convicted of plain old-fashioned doctrinal heresy, of which he was
  plainly guilty.
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