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 With his sharp mind, rapid-fire delivery, and fearless disdain for political correctness, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro frequently challenges progressive orthodoxy. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Free speech muzzled: Trying to control info flow," 27 Jan. 2021 Scholars are seeking ‘middle ground’ on orthodoxy that allows questions but remains true to core church teachings. The Salt Lake Tribune, "There’s a new ‘manifesto’ circulating among Latter-day Saints, and it’s ‘radical’," 5 Dec. 2020 The scale of that spending has also overturned political orthodoxy in the U.K. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "British economists are extremely bothered that public debt keeps being likened to credit cards," 1 Dec. 2020 If True History of the Kelly Gang isn’t winning prizes this season, it’s because mainstream critics can’t deal with challenges to progressive orthodoxy that this one-of-a-kind movie dares. Armond White, National Review, "2020’s Great Gangsta Epic," 18 Dec. 2020 Once seen as prophetic, Zhu has now become a pariah, his anti-state sentiment more and more at odds with government orthodoxy. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, "Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever," 23 Jan. 2021 His family, too, was Irish-Catholic-American and almost certainly would have taken for granted the God-and-country orthodoxy. James Carroll, The New Yorker, "What the Era of Trump and the Coronavirus May Teach America’s Children," 21 Dec. 2020 The orthodoxy of intersectionalist grievance theory developed on university campuses, spread by newsrooms and now entrenched in corporate executive offices has its own religious rituals. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "How the Woke Stole Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020 The result has been a decoupling between party orthodoxy and democratic values, said Stuart Stevens, a veteran Republican adviser and Trump critic who has worked on five presidential campaigns. Anchorage Daily News, "In challenging election defeat, Trump cements his control over the Republican Party," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of orthodoxy

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 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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