orthodoxy

noun
or·​tho·​doxy | \ ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäk-sē How to pronounce orthodoxy (audio) \
plural orthodoxies

Definition of orthodoxy

1 : the quality or state of being orthodox
2 : an orthodox belief or practice

3 capitalized

a : Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Examples of orthodoxy in a Sentence

I was surprised by the orthodoxy of her political views. He rejected the orthodoxies of the scientific establishment.

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In so doing, Archbishop Nienstedt challenged the prevailing secular orthodoxy in a way Cardinal McCarrick never did. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Oscar Wilde’s Catholicism," 8 Oct. 2018 Conservatives challenging the liberal orthodoxy on campus were sued, maligned, and they were maligned by students and professors alike. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham announces new segment 'Defending the First'," 10 Apr. 2018 The confidence shock to bond markets, Italian banks and the country’s business sector illustrates the constraints facing financially fragile nations in the eurozone—even if voters choose a government devoted to breaking with EU fiscal orthodoxy. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Italy Tries to End Budget Fight With EU as Economy Teeters on Recession," 5 Dec. 2018 His major break with diplomatic orthodoxy was to agree to a direct meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. New York Times, "How Trump’s Mixed Signals Complicate America’s Role in the World," 27 Apr. 2018 Medicare-for-all is quickly becoming orthodoxy among many in the party’s progressive grassroots, and a single-payer bill proposed this Congress in the House (similar to the one offered by Bernie Sanders over in the Senate) has 123 sponsors. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 As Republican orthodoxy on the issue has shifted, so too has public opinion. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 But the convertibility system’s deviations from currency-board orthodoxy allowed it to behave more like a central bank than a true currency board. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 But his reputation has continued to grow while those of his contemporaries, who clung to modernist orthodoxy, have faded. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018

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1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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orthodoxy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orthodoxy

formal
: a belief or a way of thinking that is accepted as true or correct
: the beliefs, practices, and institution of the Orthodox Church

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