- Seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations: a doctrinaire conservativeMore example sentences
- They are not concerned with complicated doctrinaire considerations, but with a sure instinct are demanding fundamental solutions.
- Jones was often mistaken for a socialist, although the doctrinaire socialists derided him for his belief in Christian brotherhood and opposition to class warfare.
- At this point we must consider a doctrinaire objection.
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- A person who seeks to impose a doctrine without regard to practical considerations.More example sentences
- His biographer has rightly called him a ‘southern nationalist’ and the ‘last of the doctrinaires of the Old South.’
- First I stopped believing my teachers, then - all manner of ideologists and doctrinaires.
- Perception requires only that one exercise the will to perceive, and it's a tool as available to the doctrinaire, the ignorant, and the gullible as it is to the skeptical and concerned.
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- His ‘rigidity,’ ‘dogmatism,’ and ‘carping doctrinairism’ have been repeatedly attacked.
- Rationalism and doctrinairism are the diseases of our time; they pretend to have all the answers.
- This unyielding doctrinairism necessarily brought about the decline of liberalism.
early 19th century: from French, from doctrine (see doctrine).