Know Your Next Word : heresy

6. heresy :

noun :

1. opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp. of a church or religious system.

2. any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.

3. any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs

usage :

  • Galileo was tried for the heresy of suggesting that the sun did not revolve around the earth. He was almost convicted of being a heretic, but he recanted his heretical view.

  • New opinions Divers and dangerous, which are heresies, And, not reformed, may prove pernicious.

  • A second offense is that of heresy which consists not in a total denial of Christianity, but of some its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately avowed.

  • Deluded people! that do not consider that the greatest heresy in the world is a wicked life.

  • Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God.

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