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Definition of "schism" [schism]

  • A separation or division into factions. (noun)
  • A formal breach of union within a Christian church. (noun)
  • The offense of attempting to produce such a breach. (noun)
  • Disunion; discord. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "schism" in a sentence
  • "The resistance which followed, both in Bombay and in other parts of India has uniformly been called the "Goan or Indo-Portuguese Schism" by writers outside the Padroado party; and the term schism occurs frequently in the pronouncements of the Holy See; but the Padroadists themselves have always resented this title on the ground that the fault lay with the"
  • "Let others, under pretence of a dread of what they call schism, run back into antichris - tian errors and heresies."
  • "Newman realised that he had to find an answer to the pressing question: was his position wrong or was the church of England in schism?"