heretic

[n. her-i-tik; adj. her-i-tik, huh-ret-ik]
noun
1.
a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a baptized Roman Catholic who willfully and persistently rejects any article of faith.
3.
anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.
adjective

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English heretik < Middle French heretique < Late Latin haereticus < Greek hairetikós able to choose (Late Greek: heretical), equivalent to hairet(ós) that may be taken (verbal adjective of haireîn to choose) + -ikos -ic

semiheretic, adjective, noun


1. apostate, backslider, recreant, protestant. 3. dissenter, skeptic, freethinker.
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heretic (ˈhɛrətɪk)
 
n
1.  chiefly RC Church a person who maintains beliefs contrary to the established teachings of the Church
2.  a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field
 
heretical
 
adj
 
he'retically
 
adv

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heretic
early 14c., from Fr. hérétique (14c.), from Church L. hereticus, from Gk. hairetikos "able to choose," the verbal adj. of hairein (see heresy).
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heretic definition


One who challenges the doctrines of an established church. Martin Luther was proclaimed a heretic for rejecting many of the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Example sentences
The church burned him at the stake as a heretic.
As a heretic he could not be given a proper church burial.
Church leaders, who have labeled Headley a heretic, dispute his story and say
  he was an incompetent troublemaker.
Today he's deemed a heretic of the worst kind.
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