|—n , pl -mas, -mata|
|1.||a religious doctrine or system of doctrines proclaimed by ecclesiastical authority as true|
|2.||a belief, principle, or doctrine or a code of beliefs, principles, or doctrines: Marxist dogma|
|[C17: via Latin from Greek: opinion, belief, from dokein to seem good]|
A teaching or set of teachings laid down by a religious group, usually as part of the essential beliefs of the group.
Note: The term dogma is often applied to statements put forward by someone who thinks, inappropriately, that they should be accepted without proof.