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.
Recent Examples on the Web President Trump was elected while criticizing almost every feature of foreign-policy orthodoxy. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "All Presidents Are Doves before They’re Elected," 28 Jan. 2020 Forsythe, who knows ballet as well as anyone, was breaking its stultifying orthodoxies without forgoing technique or full-bodied dancing. Jennifer Homans, The New Yorker, "William Forsythe’s Self-Portrait in Absentia," 30 Sep. 2019 As a candidate, Mr Trump happily trampled on Republican orthodoxies, promising to protect voters’ Medicare and Social Security while condemning the Iraq War—and voters loved him for it. The Economist, "Democrats want impeachment hearings to change opinions on Donald Trump," 14 Nov. 2019 In both countries, left-leaning governments are betting—against economic orthodoxy—that such increases will be good for growth and employment, as well as for their voter support. ... Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greece, Spain Raise Minimum Wage Despite High Unemployment," 17 Mar. 2019 As parenting became rife with orthodoxy, the Marcus Welby model of the paternalistic doctor retreated. New York Times, "How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States," 23 Sep. 2019 And some media outlets also began to question the freeway orthodoxy. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "A freeway through the Sunset District? Roots of a San Francisco revolt," 20 Sep. 2019 His defiance of establishment GOP orthodoxy began, in a sense, before Trump was elected — in October 2016, when Republican brass was scurrying to distance itself from the party’s decidedly atypical nominee. Lev Facher, STAT, "How Joe Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist, upended Trump’s drug pricing agenda," 22 Oct. 2019 The most comprehensive and widely shared statement of Christian orthodoxy is found in the creed first adopted at an ecumenical council convened by Constantine in the city of Nicaea in 325 a.d. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "How to Read the Bible," 28 Oct. 2019

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1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Orthodoxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthodoxy. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of orthodoxy

: 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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