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Metaphorical UsePlay
Used metaphorically for any group separation, not just formal or religious splits. SlideThe schism within the community was due to differing environmental values.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Often implies a negative outcome, such as conflict or a breakdown in relations. SlideThe schism among the board members led to the CEO's resignation.
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Not PhysicalPlay
Reflects non-physical divisions, doesn't mean a literal split or break of an object. SlideThe schism in opinions prevented the committee from reaching a unanimous decision.