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[dawg-mat-ik, dog-] /dɔgˈmæt ɪk, dɒg-/
relating to or of the nature of a dogma or dogmas or any strong set of principles concerning faith, morals, etc., as those laid down by a church; doctrinal:
We hear dogmatic arguments from both sides of the political spectrum.
asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated:
I refuse to argue with someone so dogmatic that he won't listen to reason.
Also, dogmatical.
Origin of dogmatic
1595-1605; < Late Latin dogmaticus < Greek dogmatikós, equivalent to dogmat- (stem of dógma dogma) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
dogmatically, adverb
dogmaticalness, noun
antidogmatic, adjective
antidogmatical, adjective
antidogmatically, adverb
nondogmatic, adjective
nondogmatical, adjective
nondogmatically, adverb
overdogmatic, adjective
overdogmatical, adjective
overdogmatically, adverb
overdogmaticalness, noun
undogmatic, adjective
undogmatical, adjective
undogmatically, adverb
2. arbitrary, imperious, dictatorial. Unabridged
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  • Ethically, mystically, he was always a Christian; dogmatically he knew not what he was.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • I resist no such idea as long as it is not dogmatically imposed.

  • Spirit is breath—so she dogmatically affirmed—and when a man breathes out his last breath his spirit leaves his body.

  • The answer to this question must not be hastily or dogmatically given.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • Opinions are readily and dogmatically launched, and to reverse them wounds pride.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • "I tell you it is so," he said oratorically and dogmatically to the others.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • She is placid, satisfied, dogmatically religious, and inclined to platitudes and missionary work.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
  • "I don't believe you can put the blame on him so dogmatically," Somers replied.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • "Children are not afraid of the dark until they are told to be," I declared as dogmatically as possible.

British Dictionary definitions for dogmatically


  1. (of a statement, opinion, etc) forcibly asserted as if authoritative and unchallengeable
  2. (of a person) prone to making such statements
of, relating to, or constituting dogma: dogmatic writings
based on assumption rather than empirical observation
Derived Forms
dogmatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dogmatically



1670s, from Late Latin dogmaticus, from Greek dogmatikos "pertaining to doctrines," from dogma (see dogma). Related: Dogmatical (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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