Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to break apart by way of schism.
  • v. To take part in schism; to make a breach of communion in the church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take part in schism; to make a breach of communion in the church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the schismatic; be tainted with a spirit of schism. Also spelled schismatise.

Etymologies

Compare French schismatiser. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But AH, unlike Obama, didn't believe he could schismatize the Catholic Church in Germany/Austria.

    What planet is "America" magazine living on?

  • Gospel, schismatize about no mysteries, and, keeping within the pale of common sense, suffer no speculative differences of opinion, any more than of feature, to impair the love of their brethren.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

  • [Illustration: page202] should prevail, were questions which kept the States of Greece and Rome in eternal convulsions; as they now schismatize every people whose minds and mouths are not shut up by the gag of a despot.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

  • How much wiser are the Quakers, who, agreeing in the fundamental doctrines of the gospel, schismatize about no mysteries, and, keeping within the pale of common sense, suffer no speculative differences of opinion, any more than of feature, to impair the love of their brethren.

    Letters

  • Again the key Founders put orthodox doctrines like the Trinity and infallibility of the Bible in the same "box" as the eccentric teachings of groups like the Swedenborgs -- "unimportant points" or "innocent questions on which we schismatize" that are NOT FOUNDATIONAL to the American civil-religious order.

    jonrowe.blogspot.com

  • It is then a matter of principle with me to avoid disturbing the tranquility of others by the expression of any opinion on the [unimportant points] innocent questions on which we schismatize, and think it enough to hold fast to those moral precepts which are of the essence of Christianity, and of all other religions.

    Positive Liberty

  • [unimportant points] innocent questions on which we schismatize, and think it enough to hold fast to those moral precepts which are of the essence of Christianity, and of all other religions.

    Positive Liberty

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