dog·​ma·​tism ˈdȯg-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce dogmatism (audio)
: the expression of an opinion or belief as if it were a fact : positiveness in assertion of opinion especially when unwarranted or arrogant
: 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
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Word History


see dogma

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dogmatism was in 1603

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“Dogmatism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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dog·​ma·​tism ˈdȯg-mə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce dogmatism (audio)
: positiveness in expressing one's opinions especially when no supporting evidence is given

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