|schism (ˈskɪzəm, ˈsɪz-)|
|1.||the division of a group into opposing factions|
|2.||the factions so formed|
|3.||division within or separation from an established Church, esp the Roman Catholic Church, not necessarily involving differences in doctrine|
|[C14: from Church Latin schisma, from Greek skhisma a cleft, from skhizein to split]|
a separation, an alienation causing divisions among Christians, who ought to be united (1 Cor. 12:25).
in Christianity, a break in the unity of the church
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