- a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical theorist.
- dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical: a doctrinaire preacher.
- merely theoretical; impractical.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.
Origin of doctrinaire
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Examples from the Web for doctrinaire
Bachmann is so doctrinaire she seems unlikely to be a serious contender in the general election.Michele, You’re No Reagan
Jack W. Germond
July 11, 2011
In this selective narrative, the only path to truth is doctrinaire conservatism.Glenn Beck Declares War
February 20, 2010
Hatch pushed for justices from the “mainstream” rather than “doctrinaire liberals.”Naming the Obama Court
February 8, 2009
It has been well said of him that he never became either a pedant or a doctrinaire.
It is the hideous figure of the doctrinaire which Erasmus is thinking of.
To these, as a "forward" party, the doctrinaire theorists have allied themselves.The New Society
If his mind did not naturally work that way he would not be a Doctrinaire.
The Doctrinaire can never realize the fatal nature of the "too-much."
- stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
- theoretical; impractical
- a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties
Word Origin and History for doctrinaire
1820, from French doctrinaire "impractical person," originally "adherent of doctrines" (14c.), from Latin doctrina (see doctrine).
At first used in the context of French politics, contemptuously applied by rival factions to those who tried to reconcile liberty with royal authority after 1815. Hence, anyone who applies doctrine without making allowance for practical considerations (1831). As an adjective, from 1834.