Definition of dogmatic in English:



  • Inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true.

    ‘she was not tempted to be dogmatic about what she believed’
    • ‘They must beware of becoming dogmatic and opinionated and strive to keep an open mind and their opinions flexible.’
    • ‘The evidence on both sides rather took the form of dogmatic assertions.’
    • ‘The problem many have with a dogmatic acceptance of any theory, scientific or not, is a lack of proof.’
    • ‘After all, it is, I suppose, a bit dogmatic to absolutely insist the whole thing is state controlled.’
    • ‘Cell Theory then rapidly turned into a more dogmatic cell doctrine, and in this form survives up to the present day.’
    • ‘He reacted against it as an institution with an unbendingly dogmatic definition of itself.’
    • ‘A far more sinister implication is the creation of an intolerant dogmatic approach to complex issues.’
    • ‘There could be few things more dogmatic than the many dictates of Leftist political correctness!’
    • ‘By contrast the authority's expert witness was emphatic, even dogmatic, in his evidence.’
    • ‘Another fault among instructors is a tendency to be unyielding and dogmatic.’
    • ‘It appears to be a prudential judgment of the Pope's, not a dogmatic statement.’
    • ‘He is a tyrannical, dogmatic and highly narcissistic dictator who has no intentions of going down quietly.’
    • ‘He's not entirely dogmatic about it and he'll make an exception whenever he's enthused enough by the work.’
    • ‘Against his appeals to observation they opposed dogmatic principles.’
    • ‘Put the other way around, the respondent is more likely to be dogmatic, technical and uncompromising.’
    • ‘As the next generation of leaders, we must be willing to be self-critical if we wish to avoid becoming dogmatic.’
    • ‘This assertion might sound brutally dogmatic, but its economic basis is exceptionally solid.’
    • ‘Opinions are meant to be asserted - not in dogmatic, unyielding terms, but in confident terms.’
    • ‘Peer pressure works among adults no less than the young and it's a dogmatic dictator.’
    • ‘The important lesson is that an inflexible dogmatic approach to equity investing will end in tears whatever it may be.’
    opinionated, peremptory, assertive, imperative, insistent, emphatic, adamant, doctrinaire, authoritarian, authoritative, domineering, imperious, high-handed, pontifical, arrogant, overbearing, dictatorial, uncompromising, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, rigid, entrenched, unquestionable, unchallengeable
    intolerant, narrow-minded, small-minded
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Early 17th century (as a noun denoting a philosopher or physician of a school based on a priori assumptions): via late Latin from Greek dogmatikos, from dogma, dogmat- (see dogma).