Associations to the word «Schism»

Wiktionary

SCHISM, noun. A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
SCHISM, noun. (religion) A formal division or split within a religious body.
SCHISM, noun. (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.

Dictionary definition

SCHISM, noun. Division of a group into opposing factions; "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy".
SCHISM, noun. The formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences.

Wise words

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope