Schism act
Schism Schism, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi`sma, fr. schi`zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.] Division or separation; specifically (Eccl.), permanent division or separation in the Christian church; breach of unity among people of the same religious faith; the offense of seeking to produce division in a church without justifiable cause. [1913 Webster]

Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by truth, and to our schisms by charity. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]

{Greek schism} (Eccl.), the separation of the Greek and Roman churches.

{Great schism}, or {Western schism} (Eccl.) a schism in the Roman church in the latter part of the 14th century, on account of rival claimants to the papal throne.

{Schism act} (Law), an act of the English Parliament requiring all teachers to conform to the Established Church, -- passed in 1714, repealed in 1719. [1913 Webster]


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  • Schism — Schism, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi sma, fr. schi zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.] Division or separation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Schism — • In the language of theology and canon law, the rupture of ecclesiastical union and unity Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Schism     Schism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • schism — I noun breach, break, cabal, desertion, difference, disassociation, disconnection, discord, dissension, dissent, disunion, division, faction, falling out, nonconformity, partition, recusancy, rent, rift, rupture, schisma, secession, sectarianism …   Law dictionary

  • schism — [siz′əm, skiz′əm] n. [ME scisme < OFr cisme < LL(Ec) schisma < Gr < schizein, to cleave, cut: see SCHIZO ] 1. a split or division in an organized group or society, esp. a church, as the result of difference of opinion, of doctrine,… …   English World dictionary

  • Schism (religion) — A schism (pronounced /ˈskɪzəm/ or /ˈsɪzəm/), from Greek σχίσμα, skhísma (from σχίζω, skhízō, to tear, to split ), is a division between people, usually belonging to an organization or movement religious denomination. The word is most frequently… …   Wikipedia

  • Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate — The Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate reunited the two branches of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) and the Moscow Patriarchate.cite… …   Wikipedia

  • Great schism — Schism Schism, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi sma, fr. schi zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.] Division or separation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greek schism — Schism Schism, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi sma, fr. schi zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.] Division or separation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Western schism — Schism Schism, n. [OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi sma, fr. schi zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. {Rescind}, {Schedule}, {Zest}.] Division or separation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eastern Schism — • From the time of Diotrephes (III John 1:9 10) there have been continual schisms, of which the greater number were in the East Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Eastern Schism     The Eastern Schism …   Catholic encyclopedia

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