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heterodox

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

Simple Definition of heterodox

  • : not agreeing with established beliefs or standards

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

  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>



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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