doctrine

[ dok-trin ]
/ ˈdɒk trɪn /

noun

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-doc·trine, noun
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doctrine

/ (ˈdɒktrɪn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for doctrine

C14: from Old French, from Latin doctrīna teaching, from doctor see doctor
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