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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Unfortunately, Guyatt’s review, with its ad hominem attacks, dogmatic factionalism, and historical lesions, apparently has another agenda. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "‘No Property in Man’: An Exchange," 6 June 2019 The Fed should be neither hawkish nor dovish, but watch real-time market signals and not follow some predetermined dogmatic path laid out by the Fed staff. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Overconfidence at the Fed," 24 Dec. 2018 The definition of what is neutral may change based on data and events, and that is welcome modesty from the often dogmatic central bank. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Fed’s Welcome Rethink," 28 Nov. 2018 When implementing any sort of health, nutrition or fitness program, becoming dogmatic with your training or diet can often do mare harm than good. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Drink Responsibly: A Healthy Guide to Imbibing," 21 Feb. 2014 The company consumes 25% of the world’s hazelnut supply, and Nutella’s dedicated enthusiasts are near dogmatic about the spread’s taste, so much so that a slight adjustment to the recipe in 2017 incited a global outcry on the internet. Wilder Davies, Time, "Lindt Has a Chocolate Hazelnut Spread to Help You Make Every Meal Dessert," 3 July 2018 By the early part of the 20th century, ice cream in America had also taken on dimensions of dogmatic patriotism. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Hurd gets comparable grief from the most dogmatic conservative elements of the GOP base. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Hurd carries the burden of the GOP brand into November," 22 June 2018 In its complex yet cogent narrative, characters that include Mormons and a rabbi, lovers and betrayers, the real-life figures of Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg, and a long-winded and dogmatic Angel fluidly interact in overlapping story lines. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Angels,’ a once-prescient masterpiece, returns to its Bay Area birthplace," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dogmatic

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dogmatic

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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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