What does orthodoxy mean?

Definitions for orthodoxyˈɔr θəˌdɒk si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orthodoxy(noun)

    the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)

  2. orthodoxy(noun)

    a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards


  1. Orthodoxy(n.)

    By extension, said of any generally accepted doctrine or belief; the orthodox practice or belief.

  2. Origin: [Gr. : cf. F. orthodoxie. See Orthodox.]


  1. orthodoxy(Noun)

    correctness in doctrine and belief

  2. orthodoxy(Noun)

    conformity to established and accepted beliefs (usually of religions)

  3. Orthodoxy(ProperNoun)

    The beliefs and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, or of Orthodox Judaism

  4. Origin: ὀρθός + δόξα


  1. Orthodoxy

    Orthodoxy is adherence to accepted norms, more specifically to creeds, especially in religion. In the narrow Christian sense, the term means "conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early Church". The earliest recorded use of the term "orthodox" is in the Codex Iustinianus of 529-534, but "heterodoxy" was in use from the beginning of the first century of Christianity. Orthodoxy is opposed to heterodoxy or heresy. People who deviate from orthodoxy by professing a doctrine considered to be false are called heretics, while those who, perhaps without professing heretical beliefs, break from the perceived main body of believers are called schismatics. The term employed sometimes depends on the aspect most in view: if one is addressing corporate unity, the emphasis may be on schism; if one is addressing doctrinal coherence, the emphasis may be on heresy. Apostasy is a violation of orthodoxy that takes the form of complete abandonment of the faith. A deviation lighter than heresy is commonly called error, in the sense of not being grave enough to cause total estrangement, while yet seriously affecting communion. Sometimes error is also used to cover both full heresies and minor errors.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. orthodoxy

    1. In religion, that state of mind which congratulates itself on being absolutely right, and a belief that all who think otherwise are wholly wrong. 2. A faith in the fixed--a worship of the static. 3. The joy that comes from thinking that most everybody is lined up for Limbus with no return ticket. 4. A condition brought about by the sprites of Humor, according to the rule that whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. 5. The zenith of selfishness and the nadir of egotism. 6. Mephisto with a lily in his hand. 7. A corpse that does not know it is dead. 8. Spiritual constipation. 9. That peculiar condition where the patient can neither eliminate an old idea or absorb a new one.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orthodoxy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orthodoxy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Orwell:

    Orthodoxy is Unconsciousness.

  2. George Orwell, 1984:

    Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

  3. George Orwell, 1984:

    Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

  4. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure.

  5. Edgar Quinet:

    Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.

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