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  1. not in accordance with established or accepted doctrines or opinions, especially in theology; unorthodox.
  2. holding unorthodox doctrines or opinions.

Origin of heterodox

1610–20; < Greek heteródoxos of another opinion, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + dóx(a) opinion (Compare dokeîn to think, suppose) + -os adj. suffix
Related formshet·er·o·dox·ly, adverb
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  1. at variance with established, orthodox, or accepted doctrines or beliefs
  2. holding unorthodox opinions
Derived Formsheterodoxy, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek heterodoxos holding another opinion, from hetero- + doxa opinion
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Word Origin and History for heterodox


1630s, from Greek heterodoxos, from heteros "the other" (see hetero-) + doxa "opinion," from dokein "to appear, seem, think" (see decent).

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