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Word of the Day
Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Definitions for heterodox

  1. Contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard, especially in church doctrine or dogma; unorthodox.
  2. Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines.

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Citations for heterodox
They fight with members of other faiths, who seem to challenge their claim to a monopoly of absolute truth; they also persecute their co-religionists for interpreting a tradition differently or for holding heterodox beliefs. Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History
Most of the Kurds were Sunni Muslims, but perhaps a quarter or a third adhered to heterodox varieties of Islam that preserved traces of earlier religions. Susan Meisalis, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History
Origin of heterodox
Heterodox comes from Greek heterodoxos, "of another opinion," from hetero-, "other" + doxa, "opinion," from dokein, "to believe."