adjective dog·mat·ic \dg-ˈma-tik, däg-\

: expressing personal opinions or beliefs as if they are certainly correct and cannot be doubted

Full Definition of DOGMATIC

:  characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts <a dogmatic critic>
:  of or relating to dogma (see dogma)
dog·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
dog·mat·i·cal·ness \-ti-kəl-nəs\ noun

Variants of DOGMATIC

dog·mat·ic also dog·mat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of DOGMATIC

  1. She's become so dogmatic lately that arguing with her is pointless.
  2. <a critic's dogmatic insistence that abstract expressionism is the only school of 20th century art worthy of serious study>
  3. What we are being treated to, clearly, is an extended set of variations on that most ancient of all intellectual chestnuts, the infinite capacity of the professorial mind for the dogmatic and ludicrous misinterpretation of evidence regarding past civilizations. —Peter Green, New Republic, 20 Mar. 2000

Origin of DOGMATIC

(see dogma)
First Known Use: 1660

Synonym Discussion of DOGMATIC

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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