Definition of schism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɪzəm//
; BrE BrE//ˈsɪzəm//
; NAmE 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 By 1914 the party was dangerously close to schism. The disagreement eventually led to a schism within the Church. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French scisme, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek skhisma ‘cleft’, from skhizein ‘to split’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: schism