American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma.
- adj. Holding unorthodox opinions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In theology, holding opinions not in accord with some generally recognized standard of doctrine, such as the creed of a church or the decrees of councils; not orthodox; heretical.
- Hence, in general Not in accord with the established standard of belief.
- n. An opinion not in accord with that which is generally accepted; a peculiar view.
- adj. Of or pertaining to creeds, beliefs, or teachings, especially religious ones, that are different from the norm ('orthodox'), but not sufficiently different to be called heretical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Contrary to, or differing from, some acknowledged standard, as the Bible, the creed of a church, the decree of a council, and the like; not orthodox; heretical; -- said of opinions, doctrines, books, etc., esp. upon theological subjects.
- adj. Holding heterodox opinions, or doctrines not orthodox; heretical; -- said of persons.
- n. obsolete An opinion opposed to some accepted standard.
- adj. characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
- Greek heterodoxos : hetero-, hetero- + doxa, opinion (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That minority -- which he calls a heterodox offshoot of Shiite Islam -- prevails in the government and military.”
“The analytical tension between the characterization of frontier regions as either serially opened and closed or as orthodox and heterodox is particularly acute around questions of periodization.”
“Broadening the description of outlaw to the more inclusive term heterodox creates a more capacious intellectual category.”
“More moderately and accurately they are called heterodox, or believing different, and somewhat outside the boundaries of classical Christian beliefs.”
“It is when constraint is supposed to call the heterodox back into the right path that an explanation becomes necessary.”
“ Pious severity to the heterodox was a Norman virtue.”
“Since the oil crisis of the early 1970s, I have been weary of the relevance of orthodox economic doctrines and their damaging methodological influence over what is known as heterodox economic alternatives.”
“So I wanted to provide a partial and incomplete list of some of the individuals who I have learned much from over the years who I would recommend that students of Austrian economics read and study to get a sort of 'heterodox' reading of Austrian economics.”
“Ray, I use "heterodox" in conversations, probably because Catholicism is a frequent topic.”
“I have a hard time imagining that "pagan-as-polytheist" would translate directly into Chinese, where poolytheistic religions weren't necessarily considered "heterodox", at least not all the time.”
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