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[awr-thuh-dok-see] /ˈɔr θəˌdɒk si/
noun, plural orthodoxies for 1.
orthodox belief or practice.
orthodox character.
Origin of orthodoxy
1620-30; < Late Latin orthodoxia < Greek orthodoxía right opinion, equivalent to orthódox(os) (see orthodox) + -ia -y3
Related forms
antiorthodoxy, noun
hyperorthodoxy, noun
pro-orthodoxy, adjective
unorthodoxy, noun, plural unorthodoxies. Unabridged
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  • Political orthodoxy ran through the discussion of the report's results.
  • The mantra that no part of the pictures should have blown-out highlights became my orthodoxy.
  • Sound policy is often trumping adherence to political orthodoxy.
  • And guess what: heterodoxy is working a whole lot better than orthodoxy.
  • If they have, the shrinking of politics around the current orthodoxy does not represent any weakening of democracy.
  • There was no orthodoxy or judgement about how you dressed or whatever.
  • Hence the pressure to remove editors who dared question the orthodoxy.
  • His untamed sense of humor reveals a frank genius for skewing orthodoxy.
  • Hence the contorted spectacle of a party preparing for power at a time when the markets are challenging its every orthodoxy.
  • If the economy does not pick up, his popularity could evaporate-and with it his commitment to economic orthodoxy.
British Dictionary definitions for orthodoxy


noun (pl) -doxies
orthodox belief or practice
the quality of being orthodox
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Word Origin and History for orthodoxy

1620s, from French orthodoxie and directly from Late Latin orthodoxia, from late Greek orthodoxia "right opinion," noun of quality from orthodoxos (see orthodox).

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