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Definition: a division of a group, usually caused by differing ideals or beliefs, especially used when referring to a division of a church

Synonyms: separation, split, division, discord, break, rift

Antonyms: bridge, connection

Tips: Schism is derived from the Greek skhisma, which means "division, split." A schism is a division or split that happens because of differing beliefs. Similar to the words rift and fissure, but schism is usually used to describe a division or split in a group, while rift and fissure are used to describe any type of split or division.

Usage Examples:

The new group formed as a result of a schism in the church. (split, discord)

In order to avoid a schism within the party, a meeting was called to discuss the dividing issues. (division, separation)

Although their many differences divided the group, there was no chance that a schism would take place. (split, separation)

The schism within the company was irreparable, and the disgruntled team eventually left to form a new company. (rift, discord, division)

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