schism (plural schisms)
- A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
- (religion) A formal division or split within a religious body.
- The schism between Sunnis and Shias happened quite early in Islamic history.
- (Catholicism) a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.
- (split, division, separation): unity
split, division, separation, discord
division within a religious body
split within Christianity
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