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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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  • The Gods knew that unorthodoxy in an Introductory History course, for instance, was not only unwise but damned difficult.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The association of the name of Copernicus with that of Galileo has always cast an air of unorthodoxy about the great astronomer.

  • He was, however, banished for unorthodoxy and died at Lampsacus aged 72.

  • Because, if both orthodoxy and unorthodoxy go wrong, what is a poor human woman to do?

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • Men may be unorthodox in the physical sciences; we are growing tolerant of unorthodoxy in religious opinion.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • From this it would seem that heresy and unorthodoxy had already made its appearance in the diocese.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
  • But unorthodoxy in the realm of politics is still frowned upon.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • They have been admired because they concealed their essential conventionality under a slight perfume of unorthodoxy.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • To cap all this unorthodoxy, the Wends make the Creator call after Judas that he is forgiven.

    Odd Bits of History Henry W. Wolff
  • His behaviour during these same negotiations with Rome witnesses equally strongly to his political wiliness and his unorthodoxy.

British Dictionary definitions for unorthodoxy


noun (pl) -doxies
orthodox belief or practice
the quality of being orthodox
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unorthodoxy

1704, from unorthodox + -y (1).



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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