schism – Word of the Day

schism – noun

[sizuh m, skiz-]

1.   division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties.

2.   the parties so formed.

3.   Ecclesiastical.

a.   a formal division within, or separation from, a church or religious body over some doctrinal difference.

b.   the state of a sect or body formed by such division.

c.   the offense of causing or seeking to cause such a division.

A perfect example of a schism would be the riff between the Jets and the Sharks in ‘West Side Story’.

Another great example is the constant  schism in Congress between the Democrats and the Republicans. If those two parties decided to work together for the common good of all the people, then imagine how great our country would be again.


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