dogma

noun
dog·​ma | \ ˈdȯg-mə, ˈdäg-\
plural dogmas also dogmata\ -​mə-​tə \

Definition of dogma

1a : 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
2 : a doctrine or body of doctrines concerning faith or morals formally stated and authoritatively proclaimed by a church

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Synonyms for dogma

Synonyms

canon, doctrine

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Religious dogma and scientific dogma are sometimes at odds, as in arguments between those who believe in the biblical story of creation and those who believe in evolution. Since all dogma resists change, arguments of any kind are harder to resolve when both sides are dogmatic in their beliefs. Dogma and dogmatic are generally used disapprovingly; it's always other people who believe unquestioningly in dogma and who take a dogmatic approach to important issues.

Examples of dogma in a Sentence

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 He was known for his ability to burst the bubble of generally accepted dogma, to puncture it with data and detached observations. — Sherwin B. Nuland, New Republic, 19 Feb. 2001 It had long been biological dogma that whales were scarce in the open ocean, but the Navy was picking up whale songs thousands of miles from land. — Sharon Begley et al., Newsweek, 31 Jan. 2000 For in creating a cultural orthodoxy designed to combat racism, urban disorder, and a legacy of oppression, we subject ourselves to delusional dogma, the tyranny of conformity … — Gerald Early, Harper's, January 1997 These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field. the Catholic dogma of the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary
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The central dogma of maternal inheritance of mtDNA remains valid. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents," 28 Nov. 2018 Sessions also objected to members of Congress asking judicial and executive branch nominees about their religious dogma. Eric Tucker, Fox News, "Sessions: US culture 'less hospitable to people of faith'," 31 July 2018 His protagonists, a religious family who leave their Puritan village over dogma differences and settle in the wilderness, run afoul of witches in the woods. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Shame on me for challenging one of the dogmas of dermatology. Liz Szabo, The Seattle Times, "The man who sold America on vitamin D — and profited in the process," 20 Aug. 2018 In the meantime, though, his questioning of the dogma of static continents started to catch on. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 All the dogma in the world can’t protect them from wolves, and people’s inherent wildness breaking free. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: The Wolf Is A Metaphor," 27 June 2018 The prevailing dogma says once a cardiomyocyte dies, there is no way to bring that cell back to life. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Rebuilding dying hearts: Meet the STAT Madness 2018 crowd favorite," 2 Apr. 2018 The party that produced Britain’s first Jewish and female prime ministers puts the disciplined exercise of power above mere dogma. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of dogma

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dogma

Latin dogmat-, dogma, from Greek, from dokein to seem — more at decent

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dogma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dogma

: 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

dogma

noun
dog·​ma | \ ˈdȯg-mə \

Kids Definition of dogma

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

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