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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: heresie, from Late Latin haeresis, from Greek hairesis 'act of taking or choosing'

heresy

noun
     
her‧e‧sy plural heresies [uncountable and countable]
1RR a belief that disagrees with the official principles of a particular religion:
He was executed for heresy.
2P a belief, statement etc that disagrees with what a group of people believe to be right:
To come to work without a shirt and tie was considered heresy.
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