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1doctrinaire

noun doc·tri·naire \ˌdäk-trə-ˈner\

Definition of DOCTRINAIRE

:  one who attempts to put into effect an abstract doctrine or theory with little or no regard for practical difficulties

Origin of DOCTRINAIRE

French, from doctrine
First Known Use: 1831

Rhymes with DOCTRINAIRE

2doctrinaire

adjective

—used to describe a person who has very strong beliefs about what should be done and will not change them or accept other people's opinions

Full Definition of DOCTRINAIRE

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire :  dogmatic
doc·tri·nair·ism \-ˈner-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of DOCTRINAIRE

  1. <a doctrinaire conservative, the columnist takes special delight in baiting liberals>

First Known Use of DOCTRINAIRE

1834

Synonym Discussion of DOCTRINAIRE

dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner <exercised dictatorial control over the office>. magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions <the magisterial tone of his pronouncements>. dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions <dogmatic about what is art and what is not>. doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people <a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy>. oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism <a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion>.

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