AskDefine | Define heretic

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: misbeliever, religious outcast]
2 a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)

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Alternative spellings


  1. Someone who disobeys or disbelieves fundamental tenets of a religion they claim to belong to.


someone who disobeys or disbelieves fundamental tenets of a religion


  1. Of or pertaining to heresy or heretics.

Related terms


of or pertaining to heresy or heretics

Extensive Definition

A heretic is a person who expresses or acts on opinions considered to be heresy.
Heretic may also refer to:
In literature:
  • Peter Cameron (minister), author of the autobiography Heretic, an account of his heresy trial by the Presbyterian Church of Australia
  • In Romeo & Juliet by Willam Shakespeare
In music:
In fiction:

See also

heretic in Danish: Kætter
heretic in German: Ketzer
heretic in Estonian: Ketser
heretic in Dutch: ketter
heretic in Ukrainian: Єретик

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