Simple Definition of heterodox
: not agreeing with established beliefs or standards
Examples of heterodox in a sentence
<a Christian clergyman with a very heterodox opinion on the divinity of Jesus>
<her heterodox approach to teaching science initially met with some resistance from her peers>
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Orthodoxy ... is my doxy - heterodoxy is another man's doxy, quipped 18th-century bishop William Warburton. He was only punning, but it is true that individuals often see other people's ideas as unconventional while regarding their own as beyond reproach. The antonyms "orthodox" and "heterodox" developed from the same root, the Greek doxa, which means "opinion." Heterodox derives from "doxa" plus "heter-," a combining form meaning "other" or "different"; "orthodoxy" pairs "doxa" with orth-, meaning "correct" or "straight."
Origin of heterodox
Late Latin heterodoxus, from Greek heterodoxos, from heter- + doxa opinion — more at doxology
First Known Use: circa 1650
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