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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.
Dante's treatment of Dolcino--whom the Church tarred as a heresiarch and burned at the stake--shows that the poet resists immediately labeling as "heresy" any expression of faith that falls outside the Church's narrow definition of orthodoxy.
Thomas Turley concludes that although Guido branded Joachim a heresiarch, he failed to shift the established understanding of heresy.
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.
Irresolute Heresiarch Catholicism, Gnosticism and paganism in the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz By Charles S.
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.
Soon after, we learn that a heresiarch of Uqbar "habia declarado que los espejos y la copula son abominables" (Borges 1971d: 14) ("had declared that mirrors and copulation are abominable"--English tr.
For instance, it would be lawful to pray for the death of a perniciously active heresiarch with a view to putting a stop to his ravages among the Christian people.
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.