Etymology: From Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (schisma) "division" < (polytonic, ) (schizÅ) "I split"
- A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
- A formal division or split within a religious body.
- (context, Catholicism) a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.
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