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doctrinaire Syllabification: doc·tri·naire
Pronunciation: /ˌdäktrəˈner/

Definition of doctrinaire in English:


Seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations: a doctrinaire conservative
More 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.
dogmatic, rigid, inflexible, uncompromising;
authoritarian, intolerant, fanatical, zealous, extreme


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A person who seeks to impose a doctrine without regard to practical considerations.
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.


Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • 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).

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