Definition of orthodox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːθədɒks/


1Following or conforming to the traditional or generally accepted rules or beliefs of a religion, philosophy, or practice: Burke’s views were orthodox in his time 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, conformist, devout, strict, true, true blue, of the faith, of the true faith
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, accepted, approved, received, recognized, correct, proper, established, well established, authorized, authoritative, traditional, traditionalist, prevailing, prevalent, common, popular, customary, usual, normal, regular, standard, canonical, doctrinal, unheretical, conservative, unoriginal, derivative;
French bien pensant
2Of 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) Relating to Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Jewish boys everyone I knew was Orthodox
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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.



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  • 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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