Definition of doctrine in English:

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doctrine

Pronunciation: /ˈdäktrən/

noun

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.
Synonyms
creed, credo, dogma, belief, teaching, ideology;
tenet, maxim, canon, principle, precept
1.1US A stated principle of government policy, mainly in foreign or military affairs: the Monroe 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: doc·trine

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