noun dog·ma \ ˈdȯg-mə , ˈdäg- \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of dogma

plural dogmas also dogmata play \-mə-tə\
1 a : 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

Examples of dogma in a Sentence

  1. The Saudi regime has tried to deflect questions about its management of the country … by supporting and spreading an uncompromising religious dogma. —Fareed ZakariaNewsweek1 Oct. 2001
  2. He was known for his ability to burst the bubble of generally accepted dogma, to puncture it with data and detached observations. —Sherwin B. NulandNew Republic19 Feb. 2001
  3. 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.Newsweek31 Jan. 2000
  4. 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 EarlyHarper'sJanuary 1997
  5. These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field.

  6. the Catholic dogma of the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of dogma

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

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DOGMA Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of dogma for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun dog·ma \ ˈdȯg-mə \

Definition of dogma for Students

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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