• WordNet 3.6
    • n schism division of a group into opposing factions "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"
    • n schism the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Schism (Eccl) Division or separation; "Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by truth, and to our schisms by charity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n schism Division or separation; specifically, in ecclesiastical usage, a formal separation within or from an existing church or religious body, on account of some difference of opinion with regard to matters of faith or discipline.
    • n schism The offense of seeking to produce a division in a church. In the authorized version of the New Testament the word schism occurs but once (1 Cor. xii. 25); but in the Greek Testament the Greek word σχίσ, σ1μα occurs eight times, being rendered in the English version ‘rent’ (Mat. ix. 16) and ‘division’ (John vii. 43; 1 Cor. xi. 18). From the simple meaning of division in the church the word has come to indicate a separation from the church, and now in ecclesiastical usage is employed solely to indicate a formal withdrawal from the church and the formation of or the uniting with a new organization. See def. 1.
    • n schism A schismatic body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Schism sizm a separation in a church, from diversity of opinion or discipline, breach of unity without justifiable cause, also the tendency towards such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scisme, OF. cisme, scisme, F. schisme, L. schisma, Gr. schi`sma, fr. schi`zein to split; akin to L. scindere, Skr. chid, and prob. to E. shed, v.t. (which see); cf. Rescind Schedule Zest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. schisma—Gr. schizein, to split.


In literature:

Thus the schism in the Church was healed, and the good abbot returned to Clairvaux.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
Under such conditions, schisms and sects could not spring up among us.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I heard a Catholic once say to a Protestant friend, 'You know the Church has outlived schisms much older than yours.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
The religious world was torn by a schism which disturbed Church and State for fifteen years.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The heresy of Pelagius and the schism of Donatus were stronger than the sword of Alaric.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
This schism will, however, reduce opposition so as to leave the Court at perfect ease from that quarter.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
There may be schisms in the new school with regard to details, but on the whole it is a united one.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
The list of schisms that occurred in their communion is of amazing length.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
I know it will be all sense for the church, and all causticity for schism.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It holds together the Christian community, preventing factions and schisms, as before explained.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

And wish him years of joy
In this our time of Schism,
And hope he'll hear the royal boy
His little catechism.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
Said the Socialist to the Suffragist: "You misinterpret facts!
There is no room for doubt or schism
In Economic Determinism–
It governs all our acts!"
"The Socialist And The Suffragist" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
He stands above all worldly schism,
And, gazing over life's abysm,
Beholds within the starry range
Of heaven laws of death and change,
That, through his soul's prophetic prism,
Are turned to rainbows wild and strange.
"The Poet" by Madison Julius Cawein
The more proud nature bears a legal sway,
The more should preachers bend the gospel-way:
Oft in the church arise destructive schisms
From anti-evangelic aphorisms;
A legal spirit may be justly nam'd
The fertile womb of ev'ry error damn'd.
"The Believer's Espousals : Chapter V." by Ralph Erskine
But even on this bitter shore of Styx
Where Life to dogged Death puts the last schism,
We kindle for the ending of the dark:
The Asthma feebly jokes the Aneurism,
The little bandaged boy in Number Six
Sings "Ye shall die" with a voice like a lark.
"Charing Cross" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

A Church-State Schism in Spain.
Holy schism emerges over marijuana legalization in Colorado, with clergy taking both sides.
Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest schism develops.
Local author's novel creates art from schism .
'Moral schism ' worries Catholics.
The Good Sisters and Schism .
Citizens Police Review Board creates schism between police, residents.
More Ethiopians allowed to make aliyah, Jerusalem stage for Anglican ' schism .
R-CALF Schism Spawns New Cattlemen's Group.
From divorce to schism (UPDATE 2).
Back to The HooK front page NEWS- Prism Schism III: Meeting brings tears, cheers.
' Schism ' among millennials: Recession sways some of the newest voters to fiscal conservatism.
Top church historian sees Catholic schism ahead.
VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican and a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics appear to be nearing an agreement that could bring the group back into Rome's fold and end a quarter-century of schism.
There continues to be a dramatic schism dividing Americans.

In science:

Popper K R (1982) Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics.
Popper's test of Quantum Mechanics
This schism was already evident at a conference held at the Santa Fe Institute in 1988 titled “The Economy as an Evolving Complex System.”1 Roughly half the participants were economists and the other half physicists.
Physicists attempt to scale the ivory towers of finance