Definition of heterodox in English:



  • Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.

    ‘heterodox views’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firstly, the book offers a heterodox alternative to orthodox neo-classical thought whilst also describing very self-consciously the core of neo-classical thinking.’
    • ‘There is no evidence in Casey's writings - consisting of his spiritual notebooks and his many letters - that he was in any way heterodox.’
    • ‘Graham Greene's religious vision is neither heterodox, antinomian, nor driven by predestination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These heterodox opinions have, in some respects, dogged Evangelicalism ever since.’
    • ‘Simply put, dominant institutions deploy orthodox strategies and subversive institutions rely on heterodox ones.’
    • ‘But people with heterodox beliefs were not always poor and persecuted.’
    • ‘He argues that this ignores the complex interaction between orthodox intellectual culture and heterodox expression.’
    • ‘Her thinking also shows the impact of the teachings of the heterodox Christian theologian, Origen, who was much admired by her teacher, Henry More.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wright's views are heterodox, to say the least, and as we shall see, are sometimes not even internally consistent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Had the program been more open to critical and heterodox interpretations, it might have generated more passion among the viewers.’
    • ‘Dixwell's views on political economy are probably best described as heterodox.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Heterodoxy is important for scientific advance because new ideas and discoveries have to emerge initially as heterodox views, at variance with established understanding.’
    • ‘He paid no price at the polls for his heterodox views.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.