An ideology, system of thought, or practice that can be described by a word ending in -ism.
A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
(specifically) A form of discrimination, such as racism or sexism.
(religion) A formal division or split within a religious body.
‘The schism between Sunnis and Shias happened quite early in Islamic history.’;
A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory.
‘The world grew light-headed, and forth came a spawn of isms which no man can number.’;
(Catholicism) a split within Christianity whereby a group no longer recognizes the Bishop of Rome as the head of the Church, but shares essentially the same beliefs with the Church of Rome. In other words, a political split without the introduction of heresy.
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
Division or separation;
‘Set bounds to our passions by reason, to our errors by truth, and to our schisms by charity.’;
division of a group into opposing factions;
‘another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy’;
A schism ( SIZ-əm, , SKIZ-əm or, less commonly, SHIZ-əm) is a division between people, usually belonging to an organization, movement, or religious denomination. The word is most frequently applied to a split in what had previously been a single religious body, such as the Great East–West Schism or the Western Schism.