or·​tho·​doxy | \ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäk-sē \
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

b : orthodox judaism

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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Gone is the orthodoxy of stretching two hands to every shot. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 The orthodoxy in evolutionary biology is that selection acts mostly within groups, with between-group selection reserved only for very special cases. Jordana Cepelewicz, Scientific American, "The Elusive Calculus of Insect Altruism," 26 Apr. 2018 In 2018, with control of Congress at stake, nobody is taking up arms to insist that their version should be orthodoxy. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The “pleasant ambiguity” of Medicare-for-all in 2018, explained," 2 July 2018 No institution that purports to uphold free thinking should endorse an exam that forces applicants to conform with political orthodoxy. The Economist, "The world’s most important exam is flawed," 28 June 2018 Trump's posture is inconsistent with Republican orthodoxy. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un marks embrace of totalitarian leaders," 16 June 2018 Sometimes scabrous and always irreverent, his cartoons swipe gleefully at disability and other sensitive topics, piercing the movie’s one-day-at-a-time orthodoxy. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 Deukmejian departed from conservative orthodoxy only occasionally. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "George Deukmejian, governor who steered California to the right, dies at 89," 8 May 2018 The split over trade is hardly the first time that Trump has drawn criticism from Republicans for breaking party orthodoxy. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republican Allies Warn Trump on Trade," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of orthodoxy

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of orthodoxy

: a belief or a way of thinking that is accepted as true or correct

Orthodoxy : the beliefs, practices, and institution of the Orthodox Church

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