Definition of dogma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɒɡmə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːɡmə//
[uncountable, countable] (often disapproving)
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a belief or set of beliefs held by a group or organization, which others are expected to accept without argument political/religious/party dogma one of the central dogmas of the Church Word Originmid 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek dogma ‘opinion’, from dokein ‘seem good, think’.Extra examples People are beginning to question the old dogmas. The newspaper seeks to be independent of political dogma. the central dogma of molecular biology He always tried to act independently of party dogma. She has caused a storm by calling into question one of the central dogmas of the Church. The council reaffirmed its opposition to all forms of racist dogma. We do not allow the teaching of religious dogma in our schools.
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