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[awr-thuh-doks] /ˈɔr θəˌdɒks/
of, relating to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology, etc.
of, relating to, or conforming to beliefs, attitudes, or modes of conduct that are generally approved.
customary or conventional, as a means or method; established.
sound or correct in opinion or doctrine, especially theological or religious doctrine.
conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or designating the Eastern Church, especially the Greek Orthodox Church.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Orthodox Jews or Orthodox Judaism.
Origin of orthodox
1575-85; < Late Latin orthodoxus right in religion < Late Greek orthódoxos, equivalent to ortho- ortho- + dóx(a) belief, opinion + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
orthodoxly, adverb
orthodoxness, noun
antiorthodox, adjective
antiorthodoxly, adverb
hyperorthodox, adjective
nonorthodox, adjective
nonorthodoxly, adverb
pro-orthodox, adjective
semiorthodox, adjective
semiorthodoxly, adverb
ultraorthodox, adjective
unorthodox, adjective
3. traditional, commonplace, routine, fixed. Unabridged
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  • Ever on the alert, he regarded himself as the legal protector of the orthodox faith.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • Contrast it with the notion that an orthodox belief is the purpose of revelation.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Now, I am an orthodox ruin, and the undutiful stepson of a Down East alma mater.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • It is easy to cite very "orthodox" precedents for such manifestations.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • He had been orthodox, and had exalted childlike peace and faith above doubt and struggle.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
British Dictionary definitions for orthodox


conforming with established or accepted standards, as in religion, behaviour, or attitudes
conforming to the Christian faith as established by the early Church
Derived Forms
orthodoxly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Church Latin from Greek orthodoxos, from orthos correct + doxa belief


of or relating to the Orthodox Church of the East
(sometimes not capital)
  1. of or relating to Orthodox Judaism
  2. (of an individual Jew) strict in the observance of Talmudic law and in personal devotions
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Word Origin and History for orthodox

mid-15c., of opinions, faith, from Late Latin orthodoxus, from Greek orthodoxos "having the right opinion," from orthos "right, true, straight" (see ortho-) + doxa "opinion, praise," from dokein "to seem," from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent). As the name of the Eastern Church, first recorded in English 1772; in reference to a branch of Judaism, first recorded 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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