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[huh-ret-i-kuh l] /həˈrɛt ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of heretics or heresy.
Origin of heretical
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin haereticālis. See heretic, -al1
Related forms
heretically, adverb
hereticalness, noun
nonheretical, adjective
nonheretically, adverb
semiheretical, adjective
unorthodox, unconventional, dissident, radical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for heretical
  • No idea was more heretical than widespread demolition of thousands of derelict buildings.
  • It is shocking to me that such an important and possibly heretical piece has garnered only one comment here.
  • Curry as heretical is probably a compliment, but it certainly wasn't meant that way.
  • The idea that innovation can flourish in the absence of copyright enforcement is not as heretical as it might seem.
  • As heretical as it sounds, they should talk to each other before the proposal is complete.
  • Stoically, he endures torture and humiliation for his heretical sympathies.
  • All this questioning has yielded conclusions, some more useful than others, and many of them heretical in culinary circles.
  • So each college and university must be literally heretical--it must make choices.
  • To him, the idea of data that cannot be saved is almost as heretical as the notion of data that is not worth saving.
  • Such feelings are heretical in the professional food world towards the world's best chef.
Word Origin and History for heretical

early 15c., from Middle French eretical and directly from Medieval Latin haereticalis, from haereticus (see heretic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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