Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or engaging in schism.
  • n. One who promotes or engages in schism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a schism
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a schisma
  • n. A person involved in a schism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to schism; implying schism; partaking of the nature of schism; tending to schism.
  • n. One who creates or takes part in schism; one who separates from an established church or religious communion on account of a difference of opinion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by schism; tending or inclined to or promotive of schism: as, schismatic opinions; a schismatic tendency.
  • n. One who separates from an existing church or religious faith on account of a difference in opinion; one who partakes in a schism. See schism.
  • n. Synonyms Sectary, etc. See heretic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or involved in or characteristic of schism

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Examples

  • We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that the schismatic is abroad in our land.

    The Message of Western to Eastern Canada

  • [Footnote: Including what I had to pay for being called a schismatic by the Archbishop of Paris, or his officials.]

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • Preach in popish chapel, teach schismatic, that is Protestant, child tongues and literature.

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • The breakaway Ugandan church has as its head a former Zambian Catholic priest, the Rev Luciano Anzanga Mbewe, who was excommunicated earlier this year for having founded what the Vatican called a schismatic church, the Catholic Apostolic National Church of Zambia, which allows for a married priesthood.

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  • The breakaway Ugandan church has as its head a former Zambian Catholic priest, the Rev. Luciano Anzanga Mbewe, who was excommunicated earlier this year for having founded what the Vatican called a schismatic church, the Catholic Apostolic National Church of Zambia, which allows for a married priesthood.

    daytondailynews.com - News

  • If a new movement fails, it enters the history books as "schismatic"; if it flourishes, it simply becomes a new church or a new denomination.

    Their Separate Ways

  • Various "schismatic" groups possess all that remains of the once glorious heritage that the world knew as the Catholic "trademark."

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Bishop Fellay commented that this is not bad to be so honoured (for being a supposed "schismatic") by the Pope himself.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • I'm not sure that Mormonism has much of an orthodox movement either, if what you mean by a reform movement is some kind of schismatic alternative.

    "Deep seated anxiety" about Mormonism.

  • Just so a man's soul has a vote in the spiritual community; and it doesn't do, Sir, or it won't do long, to call him "schismatic" and

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 23, September, 1859

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