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her·e·sy  audio  (hr-s) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. her·e·sies
    1. An opinion or a doctrine at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from or denial of Roman Catholic dogma by a professed believer or baptized church member.
    2. Adherence to such dissenting opinion or doctrine.
    1. A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science.
    2. Adherence to such controversial or unorthodox opinion.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English heresie, from Old French, from Late Latin haeresis, from Late Greek hairesis, from Greek, a choosing, faction, from haireisthai, to choose, middle voice of hairein, to take


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