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Examples of heterodox in a Sentence
a Christian clergyman with a very heterodox opinion on the divinity of Jesus
her heterodox approach to teaching science initially met with some resistance from her peers
Recent Examples of heterodox from the Web
Mother Jones columnist Kevin Drum, an influential though occasionally heterodox liberal, seconded the argument.
Because the president is a foreign policy novice with heterodox views, Congress has been unusually eager to serve as backseat drivers for his diplomatic efforts.
Tyrel Ventura, co-host of the evening show Watching the Hawks and son of Jesse, says his dad was ostracized from politics, then cable news, for his heterodox beliefs.
Weinstein’s concerns about PrEP are in line with his other heterodox positions, which often cut against the sexual-liberationist doctrine embraced by other activists.
The economists who have offered theories of inequality tend to be those on the heterodox fringes: David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Henry George and, more recently, Thomas Piketty.
Decius is a longtime conservative, though a heterodox one.
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Did You Know?
Orthodoxy ... is my doxy - heterodoxy is another man's doxy, quipped 18th-century bishop William Warburton. He was only punning, but it is true that individuals often see other people's ideas as unconventional while regarding their own as beyond reproach. The antonyms "orthodox" and "heterodox" developed from the same root, the Greek doxa, which means "opinion." Heterodox derives from "doxa" plus "heter-," a combining form meaning "other" or "different"; "orthodoxy" pairs "doxa" with orth-, meaning "correct" or "straight."
HETERODOX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heterodox for English Language Learners
: not agreeing with established beliefs or standards
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