|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma|
|2.||a principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated|
|[C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see |
the explication and officially acceptable version of a religious teaching. The development of doctrines and dogmas has significantly affected the traditions, institutions, and practices of the religions of the world. Doctrines and dogmas also have influenced and been influenced by the ongoing development of secular history, science, and philosophy.
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