Adjective "heretic" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person believing in or practising religious heresy.
  1. 'It clearly would cover any incitement of hatred by the religious against its heretics, apostates, or members of other faiths.'
  2. 'The Hussites, on the other hand, who broke away from the Holy Roman Empire in both political and religious senses, were heretics.'
  3. 'Declared a heretic by the Pope he was banished from Rome and subsequently vanished, presumed murdered.'
  4. 'Care needs to be taken to distinguish between teachers that are misguided and those that are rank heretics who have rejected the faith.'
  5. 'I think about Galileo dropping differently weighted things from the tower, only to be branded a heretic.'
  6. 'I am English, born in Britain, but I am referred to as a heretic, unbeliever, infidel, etc., because I am a Pagan.'
  7. 'The new religions exalt secular saints, enforce dogma, punish heretics, value self-sacrifice, and sanctify writings.'
  8. 'Consequently those who came to believe that orthodox teaching was inadequate or wrong risked being declared heretics.'
  9. 'Any uprisings caused by religious heretics could bring pain and suffering to the whole Jewish population.'
  10. 'Predictably, those trying to be midwives to these new theologies (note the plural) are being criticized as heretics, unorthodox, disturbers of the peace, etc.'
  11. 'It is odd - odd in the extreme - that Barns, the iconoclast, the heretic, uncritically accepts the myths surrounding the birth of the Liberal Party propagated by the elders of the tribe.'
  12. 'They were not, according to an older version of history that Johnson appears to accept, merely heretics reacting against an established orthodoxy.'
  13. 'If the teacher is a leader, he must also be a sentry - a heretic to criticize the fools who would cast his pupils back into the dark ignorance they had just escaped.'
  14. 'Pooh-Bah's remark that he had evolved ‘from a globule of primordial protoplasm’ is even said to have ignited a popular interest in biology and the theories of Darwin, who had until then been rejected as a flaky heretic.'
  15. 'On a global scale the critics of the system are labelled heretics and on a micro scale people like me still seek refuge in shopping when it all gets too much.'
  16. 'What we should not do is suppress dissent, close off argument and condemn those who question the standard line as heretics.'
  17. 'But you're really risking being branded a heretic just at the moment.'
  18. 'They regard opposition leaders, black and white, not only as political rivals but as dangerous religious heretics.'
  19. 'He was called a heretic and a rebel, but one who transformed his rebellion into art.'
  20. 'If he intervened to prevent her death, he would be branded a heretic.'

More definitions


1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.

2. Roman Catholic Church. a baptized Roman Catholic who willfully and persistently rejects any article of faith.

3. anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.


4. heretical.


Middle English: from Old French heretique, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hairetikos ‘able to choose’ (in ecclesiastical Greek, ‘heretical’), from haireomai ‘choose’.