Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being orthodox.
  • noun Orthodox practice, custom, or belief.
  • noun The beliefs and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • noun Orthodox Judaism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being orthodox; correctness of opinion; soundness of doctrine, especially in theology; specifically, in theology, conformity to the faith of the Church Catholic, as represented in its primitive ecumenical creeds, or to the Greek Church, called Orthodox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Soundness of faith; a belief in the doctrines taught in the Scriptures, or in some established standard of faith; -- opposed to heterodoxy or to heresy.
  • noun Consonance to genuine Scriptural doctrines; -- said of moral doctrines and beliefs.
  • noun By extension, said of any generally accepted doctrine or belief; the orthodox practice or belief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Correctness in doctrine and belief.
  • noun Conformity to established and accepted beliefs (usually of religions).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
  • noun the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ὀρθοδοξία, from ὀρθός (orthos, "correct") + δόξα (doxa, "way, opinion").

Examples

  • Paleo becomes a necessary prefix only because the term orthodoxy has been preempted and to some degree tarnished by the modern (Bultmannian-Tillichian - Niebuhrian) tradition of neo-orthodoxy.

    The Ivy Bush

  • That is what you call orthodoxy -- the subjection of the many.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 13 Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Lovers

  • Can you guess what it might be, or does your invested faith in "orthodoxy" prevent you from seeing what you don't wish to see?

    Bird Teeth

  • The "orthodoxy" is that there is no compelling information on what those differences are, what genetic and cultural mechanisms lead to cognitive differences, what the level of plasticity is, and what an appropriate political response is.

    Balkinization

  • It has always been thus, and some of the turf wars of the past couple of hundred years have been outrageously nasty, deadly to more than one brilliant individual, career-destroying and ridiculously extended beyond all reason and evidence that the reigning "orthodoxy" is flat-out wrong.

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • Worse, those at the center of such monocultures can become convinced of their own righteousness, such that any action they take in support of the orthodoxy is by definition ethically justified.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Dangers of a Monoculture — Reactions to the CRU Emails

  • Worse, those at the center of such monocultures can become convinced of their own righteousness, such that any action they take in support of the orthodoxy is by definition ethically justified.

    Coyote Blog » 2009 » November

  • And then as soon as any Repulican/conservative/the right takes them up on this, any comment that deviates from liberal orthodoxy is immediately met with cries of “racist!!!!”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Catholics and Jews?

  • There can be no renaissance when an official orthodoxy is forced upon citizens and the state mindlessly meddles in the marketplace of ideas and knowledge with a heavy hand.

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: Ethiopia: Education Unbanned!

  • There can be no renaissance when an official orthodoxy is forced upon citizens and the state mindlessly meddles in the marketplace of ideas and knowledge with a heavy hand.

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: Ethiopia: Education Unbanned!

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  • Like a normal doxy but with bigger teeth.

    November 30, 2008