Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

heterodox

play
adjective het·ero·dox \ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌdäks, ˈhe-trə-\

Simple Definition of heterodox

  • : not agreeing with established beliefs or standards

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of heterodox

  1. 1 :  contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion :  unorthodox, unconventional <heterodox ideas>

  2. 2 :  holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines

Examples of heterodox in a sentence

  1. <a Christian clergyman with a very heterodox opinion on the divinity of Jesus>

  2. <her heterodox approach to teaching science initially met with some resistance from her peers>



Did You Know?

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 and Etymology of heterodox

Late Latin heterodoxus, from Greek heterodoxos, from heter- + doxa opinion — more at doxology


First Known Use: circa 1650


Learn More about heterodox


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up heterodox? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion interruption torrent megillah
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ