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

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 No clearer recent example of such pre-enlightenment dogmatism exists than Francis Collins conniving with Anthony Fauci to silence and discredit the scientists who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration in opposition to the pandemic lockdowns. WSJ, 17 May 2022 The world of politics is, of course, filled with dogmatism, earned or not. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 29 Jan. 2022 Both communities can be equally delusional in their bigotry and often exalt public figures who veil their dogmatism as 'art' ... Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 12 Dec. 2021 The most impactful burning event may come from Renaissance Florence, where the humanism and artistic innovation of the Renaissance caused a rebirth of classical Greek and Roman ideals, leaving behind a culture of religious dogmatism and fatalism. Will Jeakle, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 Both Mises and Hayek have been criticized—and, many would note, discredited—for their simplistic dogmatism. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2021 The media and progressive elites dismissed these voices and refused to drop their lockdown dogmatism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2021 Like the anti-nuclear world view—and perhaps partly in response to it—the pro-nuclear world view can edge toward dogmatism. Rebecca Tuhus-dubrow, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2021 Preferable would be a mix of innate fear and an anti-virus, pro-social-norm dogmatism. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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“Dogmatism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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