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Definitions for DOGMA
ˈdɔg mə, ˈdɒg-; -mə tədog·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dogma, tenetnoun

    a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof

  2. dogmanoun

    a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

    "he believed all the Marxist dogma"


  1. dogmanoun

    An authoritative principle, belief or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true regardless of evidence, or without evidence to support it.

    The unforgiving dogma of Stalinism is that what the party leader, however cruel and incompetent, decrees, however absurd, must be accepted as dogma

  2. dogmanoun

    A doctrine (or set of doctrines) relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth authoritatively by a religious organization or leader.

    In the Catholic Church, new dogmas can only be declared by the pope after the extremely rare procedure ex cathedra to make them part of the official faith.

  3. Etymology: From dogma, from δόγμα, from δοκέω (more at decent). Treated in the 17c. -18c. as Greek, with plural dogmata.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DOGMAnoun

    Established principle; settled notion.

    Etymology: Latin.

    Our poet was a stoick philosopher, and all his moral sentences are drawn from the dogmas of that sect. Dryden.

    Dogma is that determination which consists in, and has a relation to, some casuistical point of doctrine, or some doctrinal part of the Christian faith. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. DOGMA

    DOGMA, short for Developing Ontology-Grounded Methods and Applications, is the name of research project in progress at Vrije Universiteit Brussel's STARLab, Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory. It is an internally funded project, concerned with the more general aspects of extracting, storing, representing and browsing information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dogmanoun

    that which is held as an opinion; a tenet; a doctrine

  2. Dogmanoun

    a formally stated and authoritatively settled doctrine; a definite, established, and authoritative tenet

  3. Dogmanoun

    a doctrinal notion asserted without regard to evidence or truth; an arbitrary dictum


  1. Dogma

    Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system's paradigm, or the ideology itself. They can refer to acceptable opinions of philosophers or philosophical schools, public decrees, religion, or issued decisions of political authorities. The term derives from Greek δόγμα "that which seems to one, opinion or belief" and that from δοκέω, "to think, to suppose, to imagine". Dogma came to signify laws or ordinances adjudged and imposed upon others by the First Century. The plural is either dogmas or dogmata, from Greek δόγματα. The term "dogmatics" is used as a synonym for systematic theology, as in Karl Barth's defining textbook of neo-orthodoxy, the 14-volume Church Dogmatics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dogma

    dog′ma, n. a settled opinion: a principle or tenet: a doctrine laid down with authority.—adjs. Dogmat′ic, -al, pertaining to a dogma: asserting a thing as if it were a dogma: asserting positively: overbearing.—adv. Dogmat′ically.—n. Dogmat′ics (theol.), the statement of Christian doctrines, systematic theology.—v.i. Dog′matise, to state one's opinion dogmatically or arrogantly.—ns. Dog′matiser; Dog′matism, dogmatic or positive assertion of opinion; Dog′matist, one who makes positive assertions; Dogmatol′ogy, the science of dogma.—adj. Dog′matory. [Gr., 'an opinion,' from dokein, to think, allied to L. decet.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. dogma

    1. A hard substance which forms in a soft brain; a coprolitic idea; a lie imperiously reiterated and authoritatively injected into the mind of one or more persons who believe they believe what some one else believes. 2. A paying thought or doctrine. 3. A recession into the Divine or Imperial--hence, the father of graft.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOGMA in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOGMA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of DOGMA in a Sentence

  1. Craig Downs:

    Oxybenzone is really toxic to the juvenile form of corals, and that's consistent with the dogma of toxicology that juveniles are usually a thousand times more sensitive to the toxic effects of a chemical than a parent.

  2. Ibrahim Freihat:

    Daesh has a dogma, it can attack all parties at the same time, and one cannot expect to see logic in what it does.

  3. Ben Carson:

    I'm a person who has a deep and abiding faith and relationship with God, but I'm not really into a lot of religious dogma and rituals -- 'you can't do that, and you can't do this.' I don't believe in that. I believe you have to have a deep and abiding faith in God.

  4. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

    I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” he said shortly before his death. 'Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would be to deny the reality found in scientific knowledge and reasoned judgment.

  5. Demetre Daskalakis:

    I'm feeling like I live somewhere in the '60s, talking about contraception and sometimes I can imagine deleting the word 'HIV' and saying 'unwanted pregnancy,' i think there is a lot of what's called 'slut shaming' in the Truvada story, but it's the exact analogy of what happened in the '60s with birth control. I mean, we've been living 30 years with the dogma that says the only way to be safe -- to prevent HIV infection -- is using condoms or abstinence.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. disjointed
    • B. blistering
    • C. frantic
    • D. aligned

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