schism: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (siz'um, skiz'-), [key]
- division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties.
- the parties so formed.
- a formal division within, or separation from, a church or religious body over some doctrinal difference.
- the state of a sect or body formed by such division.
- the offense of causing or seeking to cause such a division.
- schism (Thesaurus)