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SCHISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does schism mean? 

SCHISM (noun)
  The noun SCHISM has 2 senses:

1. division of a group into opposing factions
2. the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences

  Familiarity information: SCHISM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCHISM (noun)


Sense 1schism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Division of a group into opposing factions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

schism; split

Context example:

another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy

Hypernyms ("schism" is a kind of...):

division (the act or process of dividing)


Sense 2schism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("schism" is a kind of...):

breach; break; falling out; rift; rupture; severance (a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions))

Instance hyponyms:

Great Schism (the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon)


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