Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A denial of some of the essential doctrines of Christianity, publicly and obstinately avowed. See 4 Bl. Comm. 44.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. An offense against religion, consisting not in a total denial of Christianity, but of some of its essential doctrines, publicly and obstinately avowed. 4 Bl. Comm. 44, 45. An opinion on divine subjects devised by human reason, openly taught, and obstinately maintained. 1 Hale, P. C. 384. This offense is now subject only to eccleslastical correction, and is no longer punishable by the secular law. 4 Steph. Comm. 233.