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  • n. A doctrinaire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A doctrinaire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A doctrinaire; a political theorist.


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  • Families and decency have been torn to shreds, with the state passing off doctrinarian instead of education.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • In all that is said by the doctrinarian objection above presented, there is no question of anything but effect, we seek the cause.

    Les Miserables

  • Since the revolution, everything, including the ballet-dancers, has had its trousers; a mountebank dancer must be grave; your rigadoons are doctrinarian.

    Les Miserables

  • The mistake or the misfortune of the doctrinarian party was to create aged youth.

    Les Miserables

  • "Not from a doctrinarian member of the Episcopal Church," Hood said.

    Mission Of Honor

  • His early religious education had given Dilawur more than the average insight into the intricacies of Mahomedan doctrine, and being possessed of ready wit, and considerable ability in debate, he was ever anxious to enter into doctrinarian discussions with the _mullahs_.

    The Story of the Guides

  • When the Amir Dost Mahomed Khan came to Peshawur in 1856, he was accompanied by Hafiz Ji, a leading mullah of Afghanistan and a great doctrinarian; to whom came the learned amongst the Faithful, to discuss the tenets of their religion and to listen to the wisdom of the wise.

    The Story of the Guides

  • The great doctrine of the Christian era -- the brotherhood of man and the duty of the strong to the weak -- is in sharp contrast with this doctrinarian notion of equality.

    Complete Essays

  • They sought a home in a fresh wilderness, where they might be undisturbed by superior human authority; they had no doctrinarian notions of equality, nor of the inequality which is the only possible condition of liberty; the idea of toleration was not born in their age; they did not project a republic; they established a theocracy, a church which assumed all the functions of a state, recognizing one Supreme

    Complete Essays

  • The doctrinarian-in-chief, disciplinarian of even picayune transgressions when it came to canon law, has no excuse for ignoring the mortal sins of the priests. - Home Page


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