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

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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But the convertibility system’s deviations from currency-board orthodoxy allowed it to behave more like a central bank than a true currency board. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 But his reputation has continued to grow while those of his contemporaries, who clung to modernist orthodoxy, have faded. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 Some candidates would rather have subsidies that alleviate pain for their farmers than stick to party orthodoxy — at least between now and November. NBC News, "GOP faces rural rebellion over Trump trade agenda," 21 Apr. 2018 My husband works in a steel factory, so to see Trump bucking the old school globalist Republican orthodoxy is a welcome change. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 Republican orthodoxy is that inequality is not necessarily a problem. New York Times, "The Profound Social Cost of American Exceptionalism," 29 May 2018 The only place where Lamb significantly broke with Democratic orthodoxy was on who should lead his party. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Say it with me, Donald Trump and Paul Ryan: Conor Lamb did not run as a conservative," 15 Mar. 2018 But the two share a willingness to buck traditional GOP orthodoxy, and appear to have found some common ground. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Lindsey Graham’s Kavanaugh moment earns conservative praise," 28 Sep. 2018 Their telegenic union may be a lesson in overcoming the orthodoxies that divide us. New York Times, "Margaret Hoover and John Avlon on their Post-Partisan Marriage," 11 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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