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Definition of schism:

  1. Division or separation; specifically ( Eccl.), permanent division or separation in the Christian church; breach of unity among people of the same religious faith; the offense of seeking to produce division in a church without justifiable cause.

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dispute, conflict, help, alienation, assemble, division, faction, disaffection, snag, inharmony, disaccord, fissure, estrangement, partition, a war of words, section, disharmony, disagreement, dissolution, quarrel, rift, clash, war, division, scission, disunion, misunderstanding, sect, split, cleavage, dissension, dissentience, dissent, difference, tear, variance, split up, friction, discordance, dissonance, confrontation, dissidence, breakup, warfare, divergency, controversy, rupture, cabal, fight, difficulty, break, fractionation, strife, divergence, contention, rip, bifurcation, infighting, breach, discord, fractionalization, faction, rent, sundering, stock split, discordancy, disunity, argument.

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