Eng. law. The adoption of any erroneous religious tenet, not
warranted by the established church.
2. This is punished by the deprivation of certain civil rights, and by
fine and imprisonment. 1 East, P. C. 4.
3. In other countries than England, by heresy is meant the profession, by
Christians, of religious opinions contrary to the dogmas approved by the
established church of the respective countries. For an account of the
origin and progress of the laws against heresy, see Giannonis Istoria di
Napoli, vol. 3, pp, 250, 251, &c.
4. in the United State, happily, we have no established religion; there
can, therefore, be no legal heresy. Vide Apostacy; Christianity.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition