schism

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cisme or scisme, from Ancient Greek σχίσμα (skhísma, division), from σχίζω (skhízō, I split).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskɪzəm/, /ˈsɪzəm/, /ˈʃɪzəm/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪzəm

Noun[edit]

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schism (plural schisms)

  1. A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
  2. (religion) A formal division or split within a religious body.
    The schism between Sunnis and Shias happened quite early in Islamic history.
  3. (Catholicism) a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.

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  • (split, division, separation): unity

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