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 American conservatism is not rooted in some quasi-Soviet nostalgia or a hope to restore Tsar Nicholas’s orthodoxy, autocracy, and nationality. Joseph S. Laughon, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 At the time, social movements against India’s caste orthodoxy were gaining momentum. Sonia Paul, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 Her offense was taking a position in favor of the filibuster—which was Democratic Senate orthodoxy as recently as two years ago. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2022 Republican Party orthodoxy is now anti-vaccine, and particularly anti-booster. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, NatCon junior member Mitt Romney used the emergency of the pandemic to break with party orthodoxy on spending, authoring widely praised legislation offering parents up to $15,000 a year to defray child-rearing costs. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Incipient in Buckley’s Yale of the late 1940s, nurtured in the cultural revolutions of the 1960s, and now ascendant on modern college campuses is a leftist orthodoxy. Michael Samaritano, National Review, 22 Sep. 2021 Among many conservative intellectuals today, though, the preferred solution isn't austere orthodoxy but a return to the religious liberalism of an earlier era. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 16 July 2021 Rossi was relieved of his duties at Grace for calling out the school for its antiracist orthodoxy. Nr Staff, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of orthodoxy

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Orthodoxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthodoxy. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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