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Definition of heretic:

  1. One who having made a profession of Christian belief, deliberately and pertinaciously refuses to believe one or more of the articles of faith determined by the authority of the universal church.
  2. One who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion.

Synonyms:

bad apple, religious outcast, religion, dissident, liberal, non-conformist, extremism, heresiarch, apostate, eccentricity, separationist, iconoclast, freethinker, schismatic, separatist, nonconformist, sectary, misbeliever.

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