heretic

heretic [ n. HER-i-tik; adj. HER-i-tik, huh'-RET-ik ]
noun ]
MEANING :
a person who holds controversial beliefs, especially contrary to religion, profession etc.
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
Joan of Arc was unjustly accused of being a heretic and, as a result, was burnt at the stake.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
In 1633 the astronomer was tried as a heretic and forced to recant his theory that the Earth revolved around the sun.

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