Definition of orthodox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrTHəˌdäks/


1(Of a person or their views, especially religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved: the orthodox economics of today orthodox medical treatment orthodox Hindus
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  • Instead of joining forces with the best of these traditions, orthodox medical practitioners have either ignored them or denounced their practitioners as quacks.
  • I now accepted the orthodox Christian doctrine of Creation.
  • The fundamentalist is always trying to conform his or her experience to his or her orthodox belief, to his or her fundamentalism.
conservative, traditional, observant, devout, strict
1.1(Of a person) not independent-minded; conventional and unoriginal: a relatively orthodox artist
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  • Sethu remembers her mother-in-law as an orthodox person who managed to run the house with very little money.
  • Yes, she is thoroughly orthodox, but her concern for truth is far deeper than mere orthodoxy and harmony with tradition.
  • But, as Koerner amply demonstrates, Linnaeus was scarcely an orthodox thinker in any realm.
conventional, mainstream, conformist, established, well established, traditional, traditionalist, prevalent, popular, conservative, unoriginal
2(Of a thing) of the ordinary or usual type; normal: they avoided orthodox jazz venues
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  • One aspect of these changes was the weakening of the orthodox heterosexual double standard.
  • The patients in this study underwent allergic testing according to standards of orthodox medicine.
  • Not much about Grimaud's career has been predictable or orthodox.
3 (usually Orthodox) (Of the Jews or Judaism) strictly keeping to traditional doctrine and ritual.
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  • Our world offers things that both accelerate and impede our jobs as Orthodox Jews.
  • You were shocked only due to a lack of knowledge of a widespread practice among Orthodox Jews.
  • Do they apply only to Orthodox Jews, all Jews, part of humankind or all of humanity?
4 (usually Orthodox) Relating to the Orthodox Church.
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  • Ben is now the pastor emeritus of the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Cambridge Ontario.
  • On the basis of this principle, an approach to the Anglican and the Orthodox churches has been sought.
  • Today, the World Council of Churches also represents Eastern Orthodox Churches.



Example sentences
  • The way the concept of competition is orthodoxly used, you'd think it meant fairness rather than win at any cost.
  • Both have theologies radically immersed in the gospel and in life at its darkest points, and are orthodoxly Christian in ways which show Christian orthodoxy to be anything but comfortable.
  • Play was suspended by the weather at one-set all and when they reappeared the next day White was more orthodoxly dressed.


Late Middle English: from Greek orthodoxos (probably via ecclesiastical Latin), from orthos 'straight or right' + doxa 'opinion'.

  • paradox from mid 16th century:

    Originally a paradox was a statement contrary to accepted opinion. It came into English via late Latin from Greek paradoxon ‘contrary (opinion)’, formed from elements para- ‘distinct from’ and doxa ‘opinion’, found also in orthodox (Late Middle English), where it is combined with orthos ‘straight, right’.

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Syllabification: or·tho·dox

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