Share this entry
dogmatism Line breaks: dog¦ma|tism
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒɡmətɪz(ə)m/

Definition of dogmatism in English:


[mass noun]
The tendency to lay down principles as undeniably true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others: a culture of dogmatism and fanaticism
More example sentences
  • The philosophes criticized the ancien regime of religious superstition and dogmatism, hidebound social traditions, and repressive morality.
  • We lack the religious dogmatism and discipline of the other religions who are posing a threat to the very fabric of our religion.
  • Our guiding principle should be to leave behind parochial nationalism and dogmatism, and to promote mutually beneficial cooperation based on equality to enjoy prosperity.


Pronunciation: /ˈdɒɡmətɪst/
Example sentences
  • If he means the dispute over evolution, it is usually the Darwinian dogmatists who oppose free intellectual inquiry in the schools.
  • While the academy is not free of dogmatists, it nonetheless rejects dogmatism because it represents the end of thinking.
  • They don't organise like a communist party and their world view is radically different from that of the stodgy dogmatists of the past.


Early 17th century: via French from medieval Latin dogmatismus, from Latin dogma (see dogma).

Definition of dogmatism in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words