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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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 And some conservatives note that the White House advisers' report, in some areas, remains consistent with GOP orthodoxy of having more Americans working rather than dependent on government help. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 If Trump can only defy GOP orthodoxies through executive actions — as opposed to legislative ones — then his ideological innovations are bound to be limited, and likely, ephemeral. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party – Yet," 14 June 2018 Several of the ideas Koch ran on that year, then seen as fringe, have subsequently become GOP orthodoxy. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "David Koch leaving Koch Industries, conservative political network," 5 June 2018 Manifesto author Michael Hartl received his PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology and is only one in a string of established players beginning to question the orthodoxy. Randyn Charles Bartholomew, Scientific American, "Let's Use Tau--It's Easier Than Pi," 25 June 2014 What makes this radical isn’t its substance per se, but its variance from Trump administration orthodoxy. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "A radical trade prescription from the Federal Reserve: Stop complaining about China, and pay U.S. workers better," 12 June 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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