dogmatism

noun
dog·​ma·​tism | \ ˈdȯg-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce dogmatism (audio) , ˈdäg- \

Definition of dogmatism

1 : the expression of an opinion or belief as if it were a fact : positiveness in assertion of opinion especially when unwarranted or arrogant
2 : a viewpoint or system of ideas based on insufficiently examined premises

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Examples of dogmatism in a Sentence

a man much given to inflexible dogmatism when it came to the role of government in regulating the economy
Recent Examples on the Web That same dogmatism has also driven away voters, especially younger ones, who had been drawn to the party by David Cameron’s effort to strike a more socially liberal and inclusive tone. Washington Post, "Brexit Shreds Margaret Thatcher’s Tory Legacy," 20 Sep. 2019 Radical identification To spot the radicals, all participants were given a set of questions about their beliefs on a variety of topics, designed to get at things like their dogmatism, intolerance, and authoritarian tendencies. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 The goal is to reduce the dogmatism and polarization that grips this country. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Rudy Giuliani, the Cleveland Browns and fact-opinion confusion: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 15 May 2018 The goal is to reduce the dogmatism and polarization that grips this country. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Rudy Giuliani, the Cleveland Browns and fact-opinion confusion: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 15 May 2018 These days, the moment a left-wing populist nears power in the Western hemisphere, critics to the right play the Venezuela card, warning of the ruinous consequences of socialist dogmatism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Not Trump or Chávez, Mexico’s president-elect won’t fit your political analogy," 3 July 2018 The goal is to reduce the dogmatism and polarization that grips this country. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Rudy Giuliani, the Cleveland Browns and fact-opinion confusion: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 15 May 2018 The goal is to reduce the dogmatism and polarization that grips this country. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Rudy Giuliani, the Cleveland Browns and fact-opinion confusion: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 15 May 2018 The goal is to reduce the dogmatism and polarization that grips this country. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Rudy Giuliani, the Cleveland Browns and fact-opinion confusion: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of dogmatism

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dogmatism

see dogma

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The first known use of dogmatism was in 1603

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13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dogmatism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dogmatism. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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