un·​or·​tho·​dox ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks How to pronounce unorthodox (audio)
: not orthodox
unorthodoxly adverb

Examples of unorthodox in a Sentence

a time when people with unorthodox religious views were banished from the colony raised by an aunt, whose unorthodox parenting practices made for a strange but fun childhood
Recent Examples on the Web Known for his music and vibrant Instagram presence, his entry into a professional networking site known for job searches and corporate connections seemed unorthodox. Ana Bubolea, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Sewell’s character has extensive experience as a U.S. ambassador to foreign countries, but his unorthodox methods have burned bridges. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 But Herring’s highly unorthodox decision to pass along the source’s materials to Powell, who was in Trump’s legal orbit, is yet another example of how OAN has repeatedly blurred the lines between bona fide journalism and brazen pro-Trump advocacy. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Inevitably overshadowed by its unorthodox distribution method, the melody-averse record itself was similarly demanding of its listener. Jon O'Brien, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2024 As a Grammy-award-winning Christian rap music artist, New York Times bestselling author, and creator of the new podcast Deep End, his journey as a Believer continues to be unorthodox. Essence, 2 Jan. 2024 And in early January, the chief justice made an unorthodox display of faith by paying a public visit to a temple in Dwarka, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, situated in Gujarat. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 3 Feb. 2024 At this rehearsal, Peck is wearing pointe shoes—an unorthodox choice for a choreographer, but quite a practical one. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 These unorthodox choices were written on ballots across the state during the Democratic and Republican primaries on Jan. 23, according to voting records from about a dozen towns. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unorthodox was in 1629

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“Unorthodox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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un·​or·​tho·​dox ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks How to pronounce unorthodox (audio)
: not orthodox : not usual
an unorthodox teaching method

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