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; 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(Law), an act of the English Parliament requiring all teachers to conform to the Established Church, -- passed in 1714, repealed in 1719.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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  • Western Schism — The Great Schism of Western Christianity or Papal Schism (also known as the Western Schism) was a split within the Roman Catholic Church from 1378 to 1417. By its end, three men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics… …   Wikipedia

  • Western Schism — ▪ Roman Catholic history also called  Great Schism, or Great Western Schism,         in the history of the Roman Catholic church, the period from 1378 to 1417, when there were two, and later three, rival popes (papacy), each with his own… …   Universalium

  • Western schism — (great) Western schism The division in the Western Church from 1378 to 1417, when there were antipopes under French influence at Avignon • • • Main Entry: ↑schism …   Useful english dictionary

  • Western Schism — /wɛstən ˈskɪzəm/ (say westuhn skizuhm), /ˈsɪzəm/ (say sizuhm) noun → Great Schism (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

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  • great Western schism — (great) Western schism The division in the Western Church from 1378 to 1417, when there were antipopes under French influence at Avignon • • • Main Entry: ↑schism …   Useful english dictionary

  • (great) Western schism — The division in the Western Church from 1378 to 1417, when there were antipopes under French influence at Avignon ● schism …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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