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; 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(Law), an act of the English Parliament requiring all teachers to conform to the Established Church, -- passed in 1714, repealed in 1719.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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Great Schism — n. 1. the division or conflict in the Roman Catholic Church from 1378 to 1417, when there were rival popes at Avignon and Rome: also called Schism of the West 2. the separation of the Eastern Church from the Western Church, traditionally dated… …   English World dictionary

  • Great Schism — noun the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon • Topics: ↑Roman Catholic, ↑Western Church, ↑Roman Catholic Church, ↑Church of Rome, ↑Roman Church • Instance… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great Schism — The term Great Schism may refer to one of several events in Christianity: * The East West Schism, in 1054 between Western Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. * The Western Schism, related to the popes in Avignon versus those in Rome …   Wikipedia

  • Great Schism — /greɪt ˈskɪzəm/ (say grayt skizuhm) noun 1. Also, Western Schism. a period of complex division within the Roman Catholic Church which began in 1378 with two popes, one in Rome and one in Avignon, and, from 1409, a third, elected at Pisa; all… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Great Schism — a period of division in the Roman Catholic Church, 1378 1417, over papal succession, during which there were two, or sometimes three, claimants to the papal office. * * * …   Universalium

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  • 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 — or schisms may refer to:Entertainment* Schisms , a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode * Schism, an event which occurred within the fictional V.F.D. organization in Lemony Snicket s A Series of Unfortunate Events * Schism , a novel by… …   Wikipedia

  • 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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