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orthodoxy Syllabification: or·tho·dox·y
Pronunciation: /ˈôrTHəˌdäksē/

Definition of orthodoxy in English:

noun (plural orthodoxies)

1Authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice: monetarist orthodoxy he challenged many of the established orthodoxies
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  • The practice of politics is based on rigid orthodoxies that defy empirical testing.
  • Radical innovators challenge the dogmas and the orthodoxies of the incumbents.
  • The Kharijites tolerated no slight deviance from their orthodoxies and ideas of morality.
doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, tenet, teaching
1.1The quality of conforming to orthodox theories, doctrines, or practices: writings of unimpeachable orthodoxy
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  • Without tenure, job security would be a function of a professor's conformity to patriotic orthodoxy.
  • Sounds like the university is ‘requiring conformity with… orthodoxy of content and method.’
  • I also like Mill's querulous intolerance of the conformist pressure of orthodoxy and his impatience with unthoughtfulness.
conventionality, conventionalism, conformism, conservatism, traditionalism, conformity
2The whole community of Orthodox Jews or Orthodox Christians.
Example sentences
  • Finally, Wesley speaks of a present experience of Christian orthodoxy and of its effects in his life.
  • He goes on to claim that social theory is a poor reflection of Christian orthodoxy.
  • I wonder what part he daily participation in the liturgy in Christ Church Cathedral has played in this movement into orthodoxy.


Mid 17th century: via late Latin from late Greek orthodoxia 'sound doctrine', from orthodoxos (see orthodox).

Words that rhyme with orthodoxy

biopsy • heterodoxy

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