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Synonyms for heretic
ˈhɛr ɪ tɪk; həˈrɛt ɪkher·etic

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  1. hereticnoun

    heterodox, orthodox

  2. hereticadjective

    Heretical; of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.

    heterodox, orthodox

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. heretic

    Etymologically, a heretic is one who takes or chooses his own belief, instead of the belief of his church; hence, a heretic is one who denies commonly accepted views, or who holds opinions contrary to the recognized standard or tenets of any established religious, philosophical, or other system, school, or party; the religious sense of the word is the predominant one; a schismatic is primarily one who produces a split or rent in the church. A heretic differs in doctrine from the religious body with which he is connected; a schismatic differs in doctrine or practise, or in both. A heretic may be reticent, or even silent; a schismatic introduces divisions. A heresiarch is the author of a heresy or the leader of a heretical party, and is thus at once a heretic and a schismatic. With advancing ideas of religious liberty, the odious sense once attached to these words is largely modified, and heretic is often used playfully. Dissenter and non-conformist are terms specifically applied to English subjects who hold themselves aloof from the Church of England; the former term is extended to non-adherents of the established church in some other countries, as Russia.

    dissenter, heresiarch, non-conformist, schismatic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heretic, misbeliever, religious outcastnoun

    a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church

    religious outcast, misbeliever

  2. hereticnoun

    a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)

    religious outcast, misbeliever

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hereticnoun

    sectary, schismatic, nonconformist, dissenter, separatist

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "heretic":

    heretical, cult

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  1. Mike Ginsberg:

    The challenge for us, the challenge for everyone, is that any time anybody disagrees with this type of educational approach, they're branded as a racist or a heretic or what have you, and the ad hominems start to flow, and a reasoned discussion never takes place.

  2. John Milton:

    A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.

  3. Albert Camus:

    Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

  4. Ezra Pound:

    If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.

  5. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing:

    A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.

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