Definition of heterodox in English:



  • Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.

    ‘heterodox views’
    • ‘Firstly, the book offers a heterodox alternative to orthodox neo-classical thought whilst also describing very self-consciously the core of neo-classical thinking.’
    • ‘Newton still had to be cautious about expressing his heterodox religious ideas openly, but he did not, like Descartes, live in fear of sharing Galileo's fate.’
    • ‘There is no evidence in Casey's writings - consisting of his spiritual notebooks and his many letters - that he was in any way heterodox.’
    • ‘He argues that this ignores the complex interaction between orthodox intellectual culture and heterodox expression.’
    • ‘But people with heterodox beliefs were not always poor and persecuted.’
    • ‘Had the program been more open to critical and heterodox interpretations, it might have generated more passion among the viewers.’
    • ‘Simply put, dominant institutions deploy orthodox strategies and subversive institutions rely on heterodox ones.’
    • ‘Her thinking also shows the impact of the teachings of the heterodox Christian theologian, Origen, who was much admired by her teacher, Henry More.’
    • ‘Mursell also is attentive to the significance of heterodox texts and figures; the Lollards reveal as much about the English character as Julian of Norwich does.’
    • ‘Rousseau had been living in Switzerland, but his heterodox religious views had made him enemies there, nor could he rely on being undisturbed in France.’
    • ‘Although they sponsored a number of bishops whose beliefs were regarded as heterodox, they were not seen as threats to the Church of England as compared to that presented by the Catholic Stuarts.’
    • ‘Wright's views are heterodox, to say the least, and as we shall see, are sometimes not even internally consistent.’
    • ‘However, after the Bolshevik revolution, state communism began to dominate the non-social democratic wings of the labour movement at the expense of more heterodox forms of socialism.’
    • ‘Graham Greene's religious vision is neither heterodox, antinomian, nor driven by predestination.’
    • ‘These heterodox opinions have, in some respects, dogged Evangelicalism ever since.’
    • ‘He paid no price at the polls for his heterodox views.’
    • ‘Dixwell's views on political economy are probably best described as heterodox.’
    • ‘Heterodoxy is important for scientific advance because new ideas and discoveries have to emerge initially as heterodox views, at variance with established understanding.’
    • ‘I'd hope that the magazine has remained true to its best liberal, humanist traditions while adhering to the sceptical, heterodox values that journalism in general should aspire to.’
    • ‘The mountains allowed small and often heterodox religious groups to survive, since the mountain inhabitants were relatively isolated and central governments had a difficult time getting hold of them.’
    unorthodox, heretical, dissenting, dissident, blasphemous, nonconformist, apostate, freethinking, iconoclastic, schismatic, rebellious, renegade, separatist, sectarian, revisionist
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Early 17th century (originally as a noun denoting an unorthodox opinion): via late Latin from Greek heterodoxos, from heteros ‘other’ + doxa ‘opinion’.