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doctrinaire Line breaks: doc¦trin|aire
Pronunciation: /ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛː/

Definition of doctrinaire in English:


Seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations: the administration’s doctrinaire economic policy
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  • 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, unyielding, holding fixed views, adamant, insistent, pontifical;
authoritarian, domineering, opinionated, intolerant, biased, prejudiced, fanatical, zealous, extreme
British informal swivel-eyed


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A doctrinaire person.
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.




Early 19th century: from French, from doctrine (see doctrine).

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