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[dok-trin] /ˈdɒk trɪn/
a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government:
Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
something that is taught; teachings collectively:
religious doctrine.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject:
the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Origin of doctrine
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin doctrīna teaching, equivalent to doct(o)r doctor + -īna -ine2
Related forms
self-doctrine, noun
1. tenet, dogma, theory, precept, belief. Unabridged
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  • Clearly, the doctrine in question is not based on the words of Scripture.

  • Preach this doctrine to husbands, and the married women will adore thee.

  • This was by my doctrine of self-love, self-righteousness, self-ends, and such like.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • In the fourth century this doctrine was derived from sacramentarianism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In almost every phase of life, this doctrine of political altruists is equally impracticable and pernicious.

    The Altruist in Politics Benjamin Cardozo
British Dictionary definitions for doctrine


a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
a principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated
Derived Forms
doctrinal (dɒkˈtraɪnəl) adjective
doctrinality (ˌdɒktrɪˈnælɪtɪ) noun
doctrinally, adverb
doctrinism, noun
doctrinist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see doctor
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Word Origin and History for doctrine

late 14c., from Old French doctrine (12c.) "teaching, doctrine," and directly from Latin doctrina "teaching, body of teachings, learning," from doctor "teacher" (see doctor (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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