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 (hə-rē′zē-ärk′, hĕr′ĭ-sē-)
One who originates or is the chief proponent of a heresy or heretical movement.

[Late Latin haeresiarcha, from Late Greek hairesiarkhēs : Greek hairesis, sect; see heresy + Greek -arkhēs, -arch.]


(Alternative Belief Systems) the leader or originator of a heretical movement or sect


(həˈri ziˌɑrk, ˈhɛr ə si-)

a leader in heresy; the leader of a heretical sect.
[1615–25; < Late Latin haeresiarcha < Greek hairesiarchḗs=haíresi(s) heresy + -archēs -arch]


1. the originator of a heresy.
2. the leader of a group of heretics.
See also: Heresy


[heˈriːzɪɑːk] Nheresiarca mf
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There is a proposition almost like it in the AUGUSTINUS of the heresiarch Jansenius, whose book will sooner or later be burned by the hands of the executioner.
When he discusses Nestorius, the great episcopal heresiarch condemned at Ephesus, he says that his error was to think of himself as "the first and only one to understand Scripture.
All in all, Irresolute Heresiarch is thought-provoking and valuable criticism.
the case of the charismatic Zoroastrian heresiarch Behafarld, whom Abu Muslim executed reputedly in response to the petitions of Zoroastrian priests decrying the former's corruption of their religion, despite his having converted to Islam and joining the 'Abbasid cause (aslama wa-sawwada): see Abu 1-Faraj Muhammad b.
As what his friend Hollis Frampton would have called a heresiarch, Jacobs would rail against such a formulation of the tradition in which he plays so vital a part.
But the work of Ivan Illich deserves a happier afterlife, for he was a remarkably penetrating social critic, a secular heresiarch whose marrow-deep analyses of contemporary institutions--healthcare, education, transport, and economic development--remain pertinent.
In place of reasons and arguments, the heresiarch or the leftist, when cornered, will often dump a load of guilt, special pleading, and wholly bogus claims of oppression on the opposing side.
He addressed followers of heresiarch Peter of Bruis, who rejected many important tenets of the faith--infant baptism, the sanctity of church buildings, the beneficent symbolism of the Cross, the real presence, and prayers for the dead.
The followers of Pelagius, a wicked Welsh heresiarch, had murdered the rightful king and his son and installed Vortigern, "a Pelagianized traytor against his Soveraign" on the throne.
The reapprehension of Celtic spirituality among Episcopalians has been a merry recent development, occasionally skirting the neighborhood of the much-maligned heresiarch Pelagius (late 4th to early 5th centuries).
The Provengal heresiarch Na Prous Boneta, burned in 1328, would develop a conception of her own role as donatrix of the Holy Spirit for the coming age, not unlike the role that Saramita and Sister Maifreda had ascribed to Guglielma.
The standard writers derive their laqab from a probably fictional heresiarch, [A.