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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to heresy or heretics.
  • adjective Characterized by, revealing, or approaching departure from established beliefs or standards.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing or characterized by heresy; contrary to established opinions or principles; contrary to an accepted standard of religious faith.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing heresy; of the nature of, or characterized by, heresy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.
  • adjective Contrary to mainstream or accepted opinion.

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

  • adjective characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

Etymologies

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Middle English, from Middle French eretical and from Medieval Latin haereticalis, from haereticus. See heretic.

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