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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Other Words from dogmatic

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 So how to regain public trust in science when the public is looking for certainties and when those who are supposed to impersonate doubt seem to be fickle or dogmatic? Liv Grjebine, Scientific American, "Why Doubt Is Essential to Science," 9 Oct. 2020 In 1992 the climate crisis roused me from my dogmatic slumber to create the Church of Euthanasia. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Chris Korda: The Producer on the 'Anesthesia' of Dance Music & Why Humans Must Stop Breeding," 10 Sep. 2020 The players have become more dogmatic, more certain of the righteousness of their approach to the issues, and more dismissive of those who don’t agree with them. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Sports Get Self-Righteous," 30 Aug. 2020 Carlyle relentlessly attacked cant (platitudes and dogmatic clichés employed to justify the status quo). John D. Hagen, National Review, "The Gospel of Jean-Jacques," 20 Aug. 2020 Witchcraft, in Natalie Rousseau’s mind, is too non-dogmatic and non-hierarchical to submit to a single all-encompassing definition. Lisa Richardson, Longreads, "How to Tell Your Husband You’re a Witch," 8 Apr. 2020 If the free-speech stalwarts worry about the narrowing of debate, then their critics worry about a dogmatic and overzealous kind of broadening. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Tom Cotton Op-Ed and the Tired Old “Snowflake” Defense," 10 June 2020 These arguments rest on the idea that liberal democracy is under threat—from an increasingly authoritarian right-wing, sure, but also from an increasingly dogmatic left. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Real Snowflakes on the Op-Ed Page," 10 June 2020 Catholicism is a dogmatic faith, but one that casts a penumbra far beyond its creed and doctrines. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "Great American Fiction and the Catholic Literary Imagination," 16 Apr. 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 30 Oct. 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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