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Definition of heterodox

1 : contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion : unorthodox, unconventional heterodox ideas
2 : holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines a heterodox religious sect

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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."

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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 on the Web Ball, a former MSNBC host, and Enjeti, a former Daily Caller correspondent, have attracted praise from a heterodox crowd that ranges from Glenn Greenwald to Steve Bannon. Tobias Hoonhout, National Review, "Progressive Populism’s Dashed Hopes," 16 Apr. 2020 But that these views ever became heterodox in the first place should cause us great concern. WSJ, "Capitalism, Socialism and Haley’s Comment," 3 Mar. 2020 Pollock attended a workshop that Siqueiros conducted in New York, in 1936, teaching innovative techniques: using non-paint materials, airbrushing, and, among other heterodox procedures, dripping and pouring. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Lasting Influence of Mexico’s Great Muralists," 24 Feb. 2020 An online bandwagon promotes the most heterodox voices. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What Do Republican Voters Want?," 16 Nov. 2019 The Damascus government of Bashar Assad is dominated by Alawites, a heterodox religious minority. Karl Vick, Time, "What the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Says About the War That Killed Him," 31 Oct. 2019 There a wave of vicious campus activism aimed at silencing heterodox speakers, and it was typically empowered by a comprehensive regime of speech codes that exposed students to formal university discipline for daring to utter dissenting views. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 At Cambridge, Alves holds the five-year position of Joan Robinson research fellow in heterodox economics, named for an influential but under-recognized economist. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Economics needs to do more than attract women to solve its gender problem," 11 June 2019 Partly in reaction, Campbell rebelled against authorities and defended heterodox ideas for their own sake. Michael Saler, WSJ, "It Came From the Future," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of heterodox

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heterodox

Late Latin heterodoxus, from Greek heterodoxos, from heter- + doxa opinion — more at doxology

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“Heterodox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterodox. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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formal : not agreeing with established beliefs or standards

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