heresy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"heresy" in British English

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heresynoun

uk   us   /ˈher.ə.si/
[C or U] (the ​act of having) an ​opinion or ​belief that is the ​opposite of or against what is the ​official or ​popularopinion, or an ​action that ​shows that you have no ​respect for the ​officialopinion: Radical ​remarks like this ​amount to heresy for most ​members of the ​Republicanparty. She ​committed the heresy of ​playing a ​Lady Gaga ​song on a ​classicalmusicstation. [U] a ​belief that is against the ​principles of a ​particularreligion: He was ​burned at the ​stake for heresy in the 15th ​century.
(Definition of heresy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heresy" in American English

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heresynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈher·ə·si/
a ​beliefopposed to the ​officialbelief of a ​church and that is ​consideredwrong, or the ​condition of having such ​beliefs: [U] fig. The ​concept of ​collegeathletes being ​paid to ​playsports was ​received as nothing ​short of heresy (= ​unusualopinionsconsideredcompletelywrong).
(Definition of heresy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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