What does the word schism mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Charles Duke Yonge
  2. The first threat of a schism was enough to make him wear dust and ashes for his patriotism. – Cavour by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco