Definition of doctrine in English:


Line breaks: doc|trine
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒktrɪn


  • 1A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group: the doctrine of predestination
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    • Some other missionaries may have just been concerned to teach the doctrines of the church.
    • It attained some popularity due to a mistaken belief that it taught orthodox Mahyna doctrines, such as emptiness.
    • Both groups continue to perpetuate the old and outworn doctrines of party politics.
    creed, credo, dogma, belief, set of beliefs, code of belief, conviction, teaching; tenet, maxim, article of faith, canon; principle, precept, notion, idea, ideology, theory, thesis
  • 1.1US A stated principle of government policy, mainly in foreign or military affairs: the Truman Doctrine
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    • He demonstrates that the Bush doctrine is connected with the spread of neoliberalism and global capital.
    • Are we discussing the Powell doctrine, or is this a critique of what's going on in the world right now?
    • The conquest of Iraq was the first test of the Bush doctrine of preventive war.


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin doctrina 'teaching, learning', from doctor 'teacher', from docere 'teach'.

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