dogma

noun
dog·​ma | \ ˈdȯg-mə How to pronounce dogma (audio) , ˈdäg- \
plural dogmas also dogmata\ ˈdȯg-​mə-​tə How to pronounce dogmata (audio) , ˈdäg-​ \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Integral to the Reformation was the idea that faith entailed personal struggle rather than adherence to dogma. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar?," 6 Sep. 2020 Challenging Victorian dogma, Darwin argued that species were not immutable, each one specially created by God. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "How Scientists Discovered the Staggering Complexity of Human Evolution," 18 Aug. 2020 Who knows how many might have spouted Marxist dogma or QAnon conspiracy drivel? Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Virtually nothing to brag about in the Trump and Biden conventions," 27 Aug. 2020 Years of luxury dogma might have evaporated in a matter of weeks when Covid-19 broke loose, but high-end brands retain some advantages, namely low-traffic stores and buyers with plenty of disposable income. Drew Hutchinson, Bloomberg.com, "Gucci, Jimmy Choo Do Luxury Version of Walmart Curbside Pickup," 3 Aug. 2020 The strictures of that dogma ended up creating a new kind of individual and a new kind of community: a community bound paradoxically together by their desperate anxiety about their individual salvation. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 The Chinese Communist Party is now ordering religious organizations to obey CCP leadership and infuse communist dogma into their teachings and practice of their faith. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious freedom advocates praise Trump for signing Uighur rights bill after Bolton accusation," 18 June 2020 Store them with your preconceptions, your dogma and your stubbornness. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Can we talk? I mean really talk. It's a lost art.," 4 June 2020 Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor in a Medium essay about his personal beliefs, which don’t necessarily comport with mainstream GOP dogma. cleveland, "Weekend protests prompt Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to call in National Guard: Capitol Letter," 1 June 2020

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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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The first known use of dogma was in 1534

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17 Sep 2020

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“Dogma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dogma. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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dogma

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How to pronounce dogma (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dogma

formal
usually disapproving : 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 How to pronounce dogma (audio) \

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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