Definition of orthodox in English:


Line breaks: ortho|dox
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːθədɒks


  • 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'.

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