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heretic

[n. her-i-tik; adj. her-i-tik, huh-ret-ik] /n. ˈhɛr ɪ tɪk; adj. ˈhɛr ɪ tɪk, həˈrɛt ɪk/
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
4.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Related forms
semiheretic, adjective, noun
Synonyms
1. apostate, backslider, recreant, protestant. 3. dissenter, skeptic, freethinker.
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British Dictionary definitions for semiheretic

heretic

/ˈhɛrətɪk/
noun
1.
(mainly 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
Derived Forms
heretical (hɪˈrɛtɪkəl) adjective
heretically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semiheretic

heretic

n.

mid-14c., from Old French eretique (14c., Modern French hérétique), from Church Latin haereticus, from Greek hairetikos "able to choose," the verbal adjective of hairein (see heresy).

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semiheretic in Culture

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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