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doctrinaire

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noun doc·tri·naire \ˌdäk-trə-ˈner\

Definition of doctrinaire

  1. :  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


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doctrinaire

adjective doc·tri·naire

Simple Definition of doctrinaire

  • —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

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire :  dogmatic

doc·tri·nair·ism play \-ˈner-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of doctrinaire

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



1834

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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