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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Despite decades as a staple of baseball orthodoxy, a walk is not quite as good as a hit. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell wants Logan Wyatt to be 'greedier' at the plate," 6 June 2019 The blossoming of digital fatwas is also an indication of the splintering of orthodoxies and the emergence of heresies. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Haleem or Daleem? WhatsApp university fuels debate over Ramzan delicacy," 4 June 2019 By the time Polanyi’s book was published, the Keynesian view had become orthodoxy. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?," 7 May 2018 In terms of the politics, Trump has shown a fealty toward the Republic orthodoxy created by Reagan, in terms of tax cuts, conservative judges, the lip service his administration pays towards social conservatism. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 Part of the journey is coming up with ideas that separate them from Democratic orthodoxy. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "Three Younger Veterans Stake a Generational Claim on the Democratic Party," 28 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of orthodoxy

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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