Definition of schism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

schism

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈskɪzəm//
 
, NAmE//ˈsɪzəm//
 
[countable, uncountable](formal)
 
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strong disagreement within an organization, especially a religious one, that makes its members divide into separate groups the threat of a schism within the Church
NAmE//skɪzˈmæt̮ɪk//
 
, NAmE//sɪzˈmæt̮ɪk//
 
adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: schism