Definitions for: Heretic


[n] a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
[n] a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)



Webster (1913) Definition: Her"e*tic, n. [L. haereticus, Gr. ? able to choose,
heretical, fr. ? to take, choose: cf. F. h['e]r['e]tique. See
Heresy.]
1. One who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine
contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion.

A man that is an heretic, after the first and second
admonition, reject. --Titus iii.
10.

2. (R. C. Ch.) One who having made a profession of Christian
belief, deliberately and pertinaciously refuses to believe
one or more of the articles of faith ``determined by the
authority of the universal church.'' --Addis & Arnold.

Syn: Heretic, Schismatic, Sectarian.

Usage: A heretic is one whose errors are doctrinal, and
usually of a malignant character, tending to subvert
the true faith. A schismatic is one who creates a
schism, or division in the church, on points of faith,
discipline, practice, etc., usually for the sake of
personal aggrandizement. A sectarian is one who
originates or is an ardent adherent and advocate of a
sect, or distinct organization, which separates from
the main body of believers.

Synonyms: misbeliever, religious outcast

See Also: castaway, Ishmael, nonconformist, outcast, pariah, recusant

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Famous Quotes Containing Heretic:


A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.

-- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (German Critic)

If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.

-- Ezra Pound (American Poet)

If I were a Roman Catholic, I should turn a heretic, in sheer desperation, because I would rather go to heaven than go to purgatory.

-- Charles Spurgeon (British Clergyman)

I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.

-- Martin Luther (German Leader)

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

To try to fashion something from suffering, to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment: all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic.

-- Walter Kaufmann (German Philosopher)


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