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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church;
[syn: heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast]

2. a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion);


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Heretic \Her"e*tic\, n. [L. haereticus, Gr. ? able to choose, heretical, fr. ? to take, choose: cf. F. h['e]r['e]tique. See Heresy.] 1. One who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion. [1913 Webster] A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject. --Titus iii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. (R. C. Ch.) One who having made a profession of Christian belief, deliberately and pertinaciously refuses to believe one or more of the articles of faith "determined by the authority of the universal church." --Addis & Arnold. Syn: Heretic, Schismatic, Sectarian. Usage: A heretic is one whose errors are doctrinal, and usually of a malignant character, tending to subvert the true faith. A schismatic is one who creates a schism, or division in the church, on points of faith, discipline, practice, etc., usually for the sake of personal aggrandizement. A sectarian is one who originates or is an ardent adherent and advocate of a sect, or distinct organization, which separates from the main body of believers. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

heretic n 1: a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast] 2: a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

53 Moby Thesaurus words for "heretic": Albigensian, Arian, Bohemian, Cathar, Donatist, Ebionite, Erastian, Gnostic, Jansenist, Lollard, Manichaean, Monophysite, Montanist, Pelagian, Sabellian, Waldensian, Wyclifite, antinomian, apostate, beatnik, defector, deviant, deviationist, dissenter, dissident, dropout, emanationist, flower child, freak, hippie, hylotheist, iconoclast, infidel, maverick, misbeliever, misfit, nonconformist, nonjuror, original, pantheist, recreant, recusant, renegade, revisionist, schismatic, sectarian, sectary, separatist, swinger, ugly duckling, unbeliever, unconformist, yippie