Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun

A division of a church into factiors; an ecclesiastical faction.

Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective


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Usage examples "schism":

  1. But the assertion that any surplus fund arising from redistribution of the Episcopal revenues ought to belong to the state, not only called forth a vigorous resistance from the whole of the Tory party at its first promulgation, but, when the subject was revived the next year, and one of the supporters of the ministry, Mr. Ward, proposed a resolution that any such surplus might be legitimately applied to secular purposes, it produced a schism in the ministry itself. - "The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860", Charles Duke Yonge.
  2. The first threat of a schism was enough to make him wear dust and ashes for his patriotism. - "Cavour", Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco.
  3. Obstinacy, narrowness, lack of understanding, fanaticism, and cruelty- there you had the inevitable fruits of schism. - "Saint Augustin", Louis Bertrand.