ul·​tra·​or·​tho·​dox ˌəl-trə-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks How to pronounce ultraorthodox (audio)
: characterized by strict adherence to orthodox beliefs or practices
taking an ultraorthodox approach
ultraorthodox views
usually written as ultra-Orthodox when referring to Orthodox Judaism
an ultra-Orthodox woman… in Borough Park, Brooklyn, home of the largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish community outside Jerusalem.Deborah Sontag

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This includes decisions that the state recognize conversions to Judaism inside Israel that aren’t through official ultraorthodox channels. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2023 The ramming took place near the ultraorthodox Israeli enclave of Ramot in East Jerusalem. Aaron Boxerman, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2023 One of them is within the ultraorthodox Jewish community in New York, including in Rockland County. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ultraorthodox was in 1830

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“Ultraorthodox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultraorthodox. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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