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