dog·​mat·​ic | \ dȯg-ˈma-tik How to pronounce dogmatic (audio) , däg- \
variants: or less commonly dogmatical \ dȯg-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce dogmatical (audio) , däg-​ \

Definition of dogmatic

1 : characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts a dogmatic critic
2 : of or relating to dogma (see dogma)

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dogmatically \ dȯg-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dogmatically (audio) , däg-​ \ adverb
dogmaticalness \ dȯg-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce dogmaticalness (audio) , däg-​ \ noun

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dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner. exercised dictatorial control over the office magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions. the magisterial tone of his pronouncements dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions. dogmatic about what is art and what is not doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people. a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism. a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion

Examples of dogmatic in a Sentence

What we are being treated to, clearly, is an extended set of variations on that most ancient of all intellectual chestnuts, the infinite capacity of the professorial mind for the dogmatic and ludicrous misinterpretation of evidence regarding past civilizations. — Peter Green, New Republic, 20 Mar. 2000 The New York Times, dogmatic as always, claimed that "facts and reason, the authority of all dictionaries, and the support of every chronologer and historian that ever lived, to say nothing of the invariable understanding and custom of all lands and ages" underlay its choice of 1901. It spoke dismissively of "the delusion that there is a controversy as to when the twentieth century begins," even as the controversy dragged on in its pages for a year and a half. — Frederic D. Schwarz, American Heritage, December 1999 After absorbing one magazine's strict injunctions on such topics as the number of saucepans to register for and which varieties of flowers hold up best in bouquets, I would move on to another mag, only to find an equal number of equally dogmatic assertions, delivered with equal certainty and often in complete contradiction with the first set. — Ruth Halikman, New Republic, 18 Oct. 1999 She's become so dogmatic lately that arguing with her is pointless. a critic's dogmatic insistence that abstract expressionism is the only school of 20th century art worthy of serious study
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Recent Examples on the Web Good intentions and dogmatic obsessions with eliminating fossil fuels have utterly failed the environmental cause, yet activists continue to faithfully cling to them. Dan Crenshaw, National Review, "It’s Time for Conservatives to Own the Climate-Change Issue," 3 Mar. 2020 Rather than dogmatic, Stoumen is pragmatic and flexible. Esther Mobley,, "Martha Stoumen’s one-woman natural wine revolution," 26 Feb. 2020 Led by Eliza, the cleverest (and therefore most troublesome) student, the girls are empowered with a newfound sense of agency that quickly puts them at odds with Samuel’s dogmatic spirit and mission for the school. Siobhan Jones, New York Times, "An Adulterer, a Gang Member, a Dystopian Teacher: 3 Novels of American Womanhood," 14 Feb. 2020 The church's leader remains attuned to the problems of the world -- in this case the ecological destruction of the Amazon -- while raising unresolved debates within his church about doctrinal and dogmatic matters. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Pope rejects a proposal to allow married priests in the Amazon," 12 Feb. 2020 Its protagonist, played with ramrod conviction by Gary Cooper, is a dogmatic modern architect, Howard Roark, who would prefer to starve than to build in the classical style. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "An executive order to ‘make federal buildings beautiful again’ is a needless distraction," 7 Feb. 2020 By becoming shrill, dogmatic, and moralistic practitioners of a politically correct religion of humanity, the Church follows the path of perdition. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 In 1955, he was formally expelled by the CPI for criticizing the party’s increasingly dogmatic cultural agenda. Ratik Asokan, The New York Review of Books, "A New Look At Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengal," 25 Jan. 2020 Yet Khamenei is too proud, and dogmatic, to flatter Trump. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, "Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Is One Despot Trump Might Not Win Over," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dogmatic

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dogmatic

see dogma

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“Dogmatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dogmatic

disapproving : expressing personal opinions or beliefs as if they are certainly correct and cannot be doubted

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