• WordNet 3.6
    • n heretic a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
    • n heretic a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heretic (R. C. Ch) One who having made a profession of Christian belief, deliberately and pertinaciously refuses to believe one or more of the articles of faith “determined by the authority of the universal church.”
    • Heretic One who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion. "A man that is an heretic , after the first and second admonition, reject."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heretic One who holds and persistently maintains an opinion or a doctrine at variance with the accepted standards of any school or party, and rejected or condemned by it; one who rejects a generally accepted belief.
    • n heretic Specifically, in theology, a professed believer who adopts and persistently maintains religious opinions contrary to the accepted standards of his church. See heresy, 2.
    • n heretic Synonyms Heretic, Schismatic, Sectary, Dissenter, Nonconformist. Heretic is an opprobrious epithet for a professed believer who holds religious opinions contrary to the established or dominant beliefs. A schismatic is one who seeks to sunder or divide into different organizations or parties those who are of essentially the same religious faith. A sectary or sectarian is one who sets the welfare of his own sect or denomination above that of the church universal, often pushing its interests at the cost of the general Christian welfare. This word has been much used opprobriously of those who stand out against an original or more powerful organization. A dissenter or nonconformist is one who dissents from an established religion, or does not conform to it; specifically and in actual use these words apply almost exclusively to those Protestants in Great Britain who worship apart from the Established Church of England, as the Presbyterians, Baptists, and Independents.
    • heretic Pertaining to heresy; believing heresy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heretic the upholder of a heresy
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  • Martin Luther
    “I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. haereticus, Gr. able to choose, heretical, fr. to take, choose: cf. F. hérétique,. See Heresy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. heresie—L. hæresis—Gr. hairesishairein, to take.


In literature:

By some he is reviled as a seducer of the people, by others as a heretic.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
They are bound to establish uniformity of doctrine, and to defend it against Papists and heretics.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
He was of course a persecutor of heretics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Meantime the wily Africans quietly procured from the emperor an edict denouncing Pelagius as a heretic.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Are you certain that he was not a heretic?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
The bishop, still furious, burned Hunn's body sixteen days after, as that of a heretic, in Smithfield.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Therefore they hit upon a plan of securing the services of a heretic.
"Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes" by Charles Sellers and Others
To orthodox India its tenets were as heretical as those of Christianity were to the Jews.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Eleutherus, or Victor, was only saved from this grave mistake by the advice of an Oriental heretic.
"The Christian Church in These Islands before the Coming of Augustine" by George Forrest Browne
How dare you, a damned heretic, use such words in my presence?
"Tales from the German. Volume II." by Carl Franz van der Velde

In poetry:

In the sunset's glow the sisters twain
Saw the Breeze come sailing in again;
Said Suzette, "Mother dear,
The heretic's sail is here."
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Alike were they, save the faint outline
Of a scar on Suzette's forehead fine;
And both, it so befell,
Loved the heretic stranger well.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Heretics all, whoever you may be,
In Tarbes or Nimes, or over the sea,
You never shall have good words from me.
Caritas non conturbat me.
"Heretics All" by Hilaire Belloc
Yes, again on the heretic Saxon
Her cannon shall thunder in scorn,
Till in triumph through insolent England
Shall the Faith and King Philip be borne.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Against incantations of false prophets; against black laws of heathens;
against false laws of heretics; against craft of idolatry; against
spells of women & smiths and druids; against every knowledge forbidden
to the souls of men.
"The Deer's Cry" by Lady Augusta Gregory
``Why bring you fresh fuel, friend? Here are sticks
To burn up a score of heretics.''
Answered the peasant, ``Because this year,
My hearth will be cold, for is firewood dear;
And Heaven be witness I pay my toll,
And burn your body to save my soul.''
"The Death Of Huss" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Hackers, heretics, and spies, oh my.
8-22-12: A Farm Industry Heretic .
Five heretical thoughts on the fracas.
A Heretical View of File Sharing.
How the Church Aided ' Heretical ' Astronomy.
How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat (Free Press, 352 pp.
I'm a new contributor to this blog about the Papal visit, and since I'm a parishioner in the Arlington Diocese, I'll have more of a personal interest than the heretic separated brethren Julia Duin.
A heretic is a heretic, and that's all there is to it.
Among the highest bishops of banking, Jamie Dimon sounds like a heretic.
But many other Libyan Muslims roll their eyes at the Sufis or even consider them heretics.
In no particular order, here are my heretical behaviors.
Yet the shock has pushed many conservatives to think at least mildly heretical thoughts.
A heretic with fries on the side .
The constant purging of heretics has left Congress ever more polarized .
Sunni extremists frequently attack Shiites, who they consider heretics, and the Ashoura ceremonies are a prime targets, bringing out crowds of Shiites to march in processions mourning Hussein.

In science:

We examine two far-reaching and somewhat heretic consequences of General Relativity. (i) It requires a cosmology which includes a preferred rest frame, absolute space and time. (ii) A rotating universe and time travel are strict solutions of General Relativity.
General Relativity Requires Absolute Space and Time
Some heretics – ‘early’ ones and ‘just-in-time’ ones – however argued that only approaches that reproduce the observed ∆I = 1/2 enhancement can be trusted to yield a re alistic estimate of ǫ′/ǫ.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
There is an apparently heretical proposal, but nevertheless one that is very intriguing, put forward by Peter West .
Duality and Lorentzian Kac-Moody Algebras
Skagerstam, “On Superdense Superstring Gases: A Heretic String Model Approach,” Nucl.
Locality in quantum gravity and string theory
Quite recently, it would sound heretic to talk about singular confining fields and non-trivial lattice-spacing dependences of observables.
Nonperturbative physics at short distances