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 (sĭzh′ər, sĭsh′-)
n. Anatomy
A split or opening in an organ or part.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin scissūra, from scissus, past participle of scindere, to split; see scission.]


(ˈsɪʒə; ˈsɪʃə)
rare a longitudinal cleft
[C15: from Latin scissūra a rending, from Latin scindere to split]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scissure - a long narrow openingscissure - a long narrow opening    
chap - a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
crevasse - a deep fissure
fatigue crack - a crack in metal resulting from metal fatigue
faulting, geological fault, fracture, break, fault, shift - (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
rift - a narrow fissure in rock
slit - a narrow fissure
split - a lengthwise crack in wood; "he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"
volcano, vent - a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
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Thus, generally speaking, irreligious humanitarianism necessarily involves a certain bias for immoralism inasmuch as it has no room for the concept of intrinsic moral evil, and of the moral scissure in human nature.
Under humanitarianism, there is a hesitancy to punish since the very notion of evildoing--of a fundamental moral scissure in the human soul--is rejected in the name of the alleged social origins of evil and criminality.