Definition of orthodoxy in English:


Syllabification: or·tho·dox·y
Pronunciation: /ˈôrTHəˌdäksē

noun (plural orthodoxies)

  • 1Authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice: monetarist orthodoxy he challenged many of the established orthodoxies
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    • The practice of politics is based on rigid orthodoxies that defy empirical testing.
    • Radical innovators challenge the dogmas and the orthodoxies of the incumbents.
    • The Kharijites tolerated no slight deviance from their orthodoxies and ideas of morality.
    doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, tenet, teaching
  • 1.1The quality of conforming to orthodox theories, doctrines, or practices: writings of unimpeachable orthodoxy
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    • Without tenure, job security would be a function of a professor's conformity to patriotic orthodoxy.
    • Sounds like the university is ‘requiring conformity with… orthodoxy of content and method.’
    • I also like Mill's querulous intolerance of the conformist pressure of orthodoxy and his impatience with unthoughtfulness.
  • 2The whole community of Orthodox Jews or Orthodox Christians.
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    • Finally, Wesley speaks of a present experience of Christian orthodoxy and of its effects in his life.
    • He goes on to claim that social theory is a poor reflection of Christian orthodoxy.
    • I wonder what part he daily participation in the liturgy in Christ Church Cathedral has played in this movement into orthodoxy.


mid 17th century: via late Latin from late Greek orthodoxia 'sound doctrine', from orthodoxos (see orthodox).

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