un doctrinaire

doctrinaire

[dok-truh-nair]
noun
1.
a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical theorist.
adjective
2.
dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical: a doctrinaire preacher.
3.
merely theoretical; impractical.
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.

Origin:
1810–20; < French; see doctrine, -aire

doctrinairism, noun
nondoctrinaire, adjective
overdoctrinaire, adjective
undoctrinaire, adjective

doctrinal, doctrinaire.


2. authoritarian, uncompromising, inflexible, unyielding.


2. reasonable, flexible.
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doctrinaire (ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛə)
 
adj
1.  stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
2.  theoretical; impractical
 
n
3.  a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties
 
doctri'nairism
 
n
 
doctri'narism
 
n
 
doctri'narian
 
n

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doctrinaire
1820, from Fr. doctrinaire (14c.), from L. doctrina (see doctrine). At first used in the context of Fr. politics, contemptuously applied by rival factions to those who tried to reconcile liberty with royal authority after 1815. Hence, anyone who applies doctrine without
making allowance for practical considerations (1831). As an adjective, from 1834.
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