What does dogma mean?

Definitions for dogmaˈdɔg mə, ˈdɒg-; -mə tə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dogma, tenet(noun)

    a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof

  2. dogma(noun)

    a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

    "he believed all the Marxist dogma"


  1. dogma(Noun)

    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. dogma(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dogma(noun)

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

  2. Dogma(noun)

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

  3. Dogma(noun)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Unknown:

    My Karma ran over your dogma.

  2. Anais Nin:

    When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

  3. 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.

  4. Samuel Butler:

    It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma, or want of dogma, that the danger lies.

  5. Deepak Chopra:

    Religion is confining and imprisoning and toxic because it is based on ideology and dogma. But spirituality is redeeming and universal.

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