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noun dog·ma \ˈdg-mə, ˈdäg-\

: a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted

: a belief or set of beliefs that is taught by a religious organization

plural dog·mas also dog·ma·ta \-mə-tə\

Full Definition of DOGMA

a :  something held as an established opinion; especially :  a definite authoritative tenet
b :  a code of such tenets <pedagogical dogma>
c :  a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds
:  a doctrine or body of doctrines concerning faith or morals formally stated and authoritatively proclaimed by a church

Examples of DOGMA

  1. These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field.
  2. <the Catholic dogma of the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary>
  3. The Saudi regime has tried to deflect questions about its management of the country… by supporting and spreading an uncompromising religious dogma. —Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, 1 Oct. 2001

Origin of DOGMA

Latin dogmat-, dogma, from Greek, from dokein to seem — more at decent
First Known Use: 1638

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DOGMAS Defined for Kids


noun dog·ma \ˈdg-mə\

Definition of DOGMA for Kids

:  something firmly believed <She repeated medical dogma against eating sugar.>
:  a belief or set of beliefs taught by a church


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