noun Etymology: Late Latin haeresiarcha, from Late Greek hairesiarchēs, from hairesis + Greek -archēs -arch Date: 1624 an originator or chief advocate of a heresy

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  • Heresiarch — Her e*si*arch (?; 277), n. [L. haeresiarcha, Gr. ?; ? heresy + ? leader, ? to lead: cf. F. h[ e]r[ e]siarque.] A leader in heresy; the chief of a sect of heretics. Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heresiarch — 1620s, from Church L. haeresiarcha, from Late Gk. hairesiarkhes (see HERESY (Cf. heresy) + ARCH (Cf. arch )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heresiarch — [hə rez′ē ärk΄, hərē′zēärk΄] n. [LL(Ec) haeresiarcha < Gr hairesiarchēs, leader of a school < hairesis (see HERESY) + archēs, leader < archein, to begin, lead] the founder or head of a heresy or heretical sect …   English World dictionary

  • Heresiarch — A heresiarch (also hæresiarch, according to the Oxford English Dictionary ; from the Greek: polytonic|αἱρεσιάρχης, hairesiárkhēs , literally heresy chief ) is a founder or leader of a heretical doctrine or movement, as considered by those who… …   Wikipedia

  • heresiarch — /heuh ree zee ahrk , see , her euh see /, n. a leader in heresy; the leader of a heretical sect. [1615 25; < LL haeresiarcha < Gk hairesiarchés the leader of a school, equiv. to haíresi(s) HERESY + arches ARCH] * * * …   Universalium

  • heresiarch — noun /hɛˈriːzɪɑːk/ The founder of a heresy, or a major ecclesiastical proponent of such a heresy …   Wiktionary

  • Heresiarch —    The founder of an heretical sect, such as Arius, Nestorius or Pelagius …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • heresiarch — [hɛ ri:zɪα:k] noun the founder of a heresy or the leader of a heretical sect. Origin C16: via eccles. L. from eccles. Gk hairesiarkhēs, from hairesis heretical sect, heresy + arkhēs ruler …   English new terms dictionary

  • heresiarch — n. Chief heretic, leader in heresy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • heresiarch — he·re·si·arch …   English syllables

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