Definition of dogma in US English:



  • A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.

    ‘the rejection of political dogma’
    ‘the Christian dogma of the Trinity’
    • ‘Buddhism, by contrast, seems to have no rules, no dogmas, no guilt-inducing concepts like sin.’
    • ‘From this was perpetuated the dogma that the private sector would always be more efficient than the public.’
    • ‘Don't creeds make faith into a matter of doctrines and dogmas?’
    • ‘First, although adherence to a certain way of life may be an important part of being religious, surely that adherence presupposes belief in the truth of some basic dogmas?’
    • ‘Zen has an iconoclastic tendency, and seems to regard the study of texts, doctrines, and dogmas as a potential hindrance to spiritual awakening.’
    • ‘Radical innovators challenge the dogmas and the orthodoxies of the incumbents.’
    • ‘He believes that when living in a certain society you should become a real part of it by sticking to its rules, dogmas and principles.’
    • ‘I come to such a sharing not out of belief in old dogmas, but through an interest in the shared revitalisation of our common life and our troubled world.’
    • ‘In a free market society, ruled not by a dogma, but by the mammon, it was unnecessary.’
    • ‘On the contrary, you renew your doctrines and dogmas, making them relevant to the times in which you seek support.’
    • ‘This makes it a plain fact that religion can neither be a dogma nor a doctrine.’
    • ‘Faith does, to be sure, have an objective content in the form of the truths that God has revealed, so there have to be dogmas and there has to be a teaching authority.’
    • ‘These are ideologies and dogmas that came for political reasons afterwards.’
    • ‘Erasmus searched for reconciliation between Faith and Reason, refusing not only the dogmas of Faith, but the dogmas of Reason as well.’
    • ‘In a sense it is not the corruptors' fault, they were brought up to inherit the same dishonest dogmas and attitudes as the previous generation.’
    • ‘With absolutely no support from the pulpit, old doctrines and beliefs live on not as dogmas but as customary beliefs and family traditions.’
    • ‘Such shallow and untenable reasoning lies at the heart of many sexist, racist and elitist dogmas.’
    • ‘Women activists are concerned about the need to change laws and cultural dogmas, and to encourage women to be aggressive in demanding their rights.’
    • ‘Since Hinduism is a religion without dogmas and has a wide theological spectrum, its real objective is assimilation - religious and cultural.’
    • ‘The world view of the secular left or hard left is indeed a dogma or a religious faith.’
    teaching, belief, conviction, tenet, principle, ethic, precept, maxim, article of faith, canon, law, rule
    blind faith, unquestioning belief, certainty, invincible conviction, unchallengeable conviction, arrogant conviction
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Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek dogma ‘opinion’, from dokein ‘seem good, think’.