dog·​mat·​ic | \ dȯg-ˈma-tik How to pronounce dogmatic (audio) , däg- \
variants: or less commonly dogmatical \ dȯg-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce dogmatic (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 dogmatic (audio) , däg-​ \ adverb
dogmaticalness \ dȯg-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce dogmatic (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 Using some amorphous, dogmatic plea to Mother Gaea’s climate in order to ban all other persons from consuming it is not among those. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Beef," 29 Apr. 2021 Her prose easily floats between humor and pain, and her pragmatic but gentle approach to complicated topics sets her apart from some of her more dogmatic peers. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Obamacare to Women in Television," 24 Mar. 2021 With a surgeon's skill, Gates teases out the threads of the various Black denominations — Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal and Church of Christ, among them — and their dogmatic skirmishes. Hamilton Cain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Black Church,' by Henry Louis Gates Jr.," 26 Feb. 2021 Their father, an oil field geologist, and their stay-at-home mom were both active in the GOP, but talk around the dinner table, mainly about current events, was never dogmatic. Mark Z. Barabak Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: He’s their brother. They want him kicked out of Congress," 22 Feb. 2021 Tariffs may be here to stay — and reckoning with their advantages is better than dogmatic opposition. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "End the Tariff Taboo," 25 Jan. 2021 As a dogmatic bureaucracy that equates flamboyant protest with terrorism? Star Tribune, "Unrest helps foes only if U.S. fails to heal," 11 Jan. 2021 The characters are endowed with complex lives and emotions, as well as backgrounds in Aleut culture, Chinese poetry, boat navigation, and—in the botanist’s case—privileged, dogmatic thinking. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Our reviewers read a lot of books in 2020. Here are their favorites.," 25 Dec. 2020 His increasingly dogmatic role overseeing numerous security and intelligence departments are viewed as part of the grooming process to ascend to the top spot, according to the Jerusalem Post. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Is Iran's Supreme Leader preparing to designate his son as the next in line?," 8 Dec. 2020

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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