Definition of heterodox in English:

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heterodox

Pronunciation: /ˈhedərəˌdäks/

adjective

Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs: heterodox views
More example sentences
  • Although they sponsored a number of bishops whose beliefs were regarded as heterodox, they were not seen as threats to the Church of England as compared to that presented by the Catholic Stuarts.
  • Mursell also is attentive to the significance of heterodox texts and figures; the Lollards reveal as much about the English character as Julian of Norwich does.
  • These heterodox opinions have, in some respects, dogged Evangelicalism ever since.
Synonyms
unorthodox, nonconformist, dissenting, dissident, rebellious, renegade;
heretical, blasphemous, recusant, apostate, skeptical;
freethinking, unconventional

Derivatives

heterodoxy

Pronunciation: /ˈhed(ə)rəˌdäksē/
noun
Example sentences
  • If their voices become dominant, they will poison the discourse and polarize Catholic intellectual life between obscurantist orthodoxy and arcane heterodoxy.
  • His overeagerness to prove a ‘scientific’ point has led him to extreme heterodoxy.
  • Indeed, the real object of these various sexual heterodoxies is to disestablish the family as the central institution of human society, the citadel of orthodoxy.

Origin

Early 17th century (originally as a noun denoting an unorthodox opinion): via late Latin from Greek heterodoxos, from heteros 'other' + doxa 'opinion'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: het·er·o·dox

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