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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.]
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(Alternative Belief Systems) the leader or originator of a heretical movement or sect
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(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]
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1. the originator of a heresy.
2. the leader of a group of heretics.
See also: Heresy
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[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.
Lawrence is the heresiarch: "We are not concerned with an author's beliefs, but with orthodoxy of sensibility and with the sense of tradition, our degree of approaching 'that region where dwell the vast hosts of the dead.' And Lawrence is for my purposes, an almost perfect example of the heretic.
Among his critical works is Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czes?aw Mi?osz (Newcastle-on-Tyne, 2012); many of his verse translations are collected in the volume Rossetti's Armadillo (Newcastle-on-Tyne, 2014).
(44) This view is likely linked to the notion of Muhammad as heresiarch. For a more extended discussion, see John V.
Among their topics are the divine body of the heavens, the waves of passions and the stillness of the sea: appropriating Neoplatonic imagery and concept formation-theory in middle Byzantine commentaries on Aristotle, Proclus as heresiarch: theological polemic and philosophical commentary in Nicholas of Methone's Refutation of Proclus' Elements of Theology, the reception of Proclus from Byzantium to the West, and whether Piethon on the grades of virtues is going back to Plato by way of Neoplatonism.
It is in this light of mutual ambivalence and estrangement that the condemnation of Luther as a "heresiarch" (the leader of a heresy) by the encyclical of the Synod of Constantinople (1836) should be seen.
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.