noun, plural dog·mas or (Rare) dog·ma·ta [dawg-muh-tuh] /ˈdɔg mə tə/.
Origin of dogma
- "Let it be understood once for all that Catholic dogma does not fix a limit to the operations of reason in dealing with divine truth."-A. N. Littlejohn Catholic Dogma: Its Nature and Obligations Catholic Dogma (1892)
- "Since the time of Moses Mendelssohn (1728–1786), the chief Jewish dogma has been that Judaism has no dogmas."-Israel Abrahams Judaism (1907)
- "To me there was no question so important as the emancipation of women from the dogmas of the past, political, religious, and social."-Elizabeth Cady Stanton Eighty years and more: Reminiscences 1815-1897 (1898)
- "Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."-Steve Jobs Commencement Address at Stanford University American Rhetoric (delivered June 12, 2005)
The origin of the word dogma acts as a reminder to English speakers that now established principles and doctrines were once simply thoughts and opinions of ordinary people that gained popularity and eventually found their way into the universal consciousness of society. Twentieth-century American academic and aphorist Mason Cooley concisely observed that “Under attack, sentiments harden into dogma,” suggesting that dogma is spawned as a defensive act. This idea implies that for every dogma that exists, there is a counter dogma. With so many “truths” out there, there is sure to be a dogma to conveniently fit every set of beliefs.
— Dogma: A film written and directed by Kevin Smith, released in 1999.
—Dogma 95: A movement in cinema started by Danish director Lars von Trier in 1995, which established filmmaking constraints such as no use of special effects.
Examples from the Web for dogma
Had Herx said “this dogma is sexist,” that would be well beyond the reach of the courts.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights|Jay Michaelson|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Liberal Democrats believe drugs policy should be based on evidence, not dogma or the desire to sound tough.
Democrats and independents who oppose their dogma are infidels.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She says she was released when she feigned acceptance of their dogma.
The dogma that saturated fat causes heart disease is crumbling.
They added to their own stock of dogma and fetich that of the natives.The Religions of Japan|William Elliot Griffis
What the dogma of immortality was to me I have already described, and with regard to God I was no better.The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford|Mark Rutherford
For him the truth of the Christian dogma is proved sufficiently by the unsatisfying nature of materialism.The Churches and Modern Thought|Philip Vivian
On that, of course, had been built an elaborate edifice of creed and dogma, but curiously enough it all fell away now.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
From that time the people of Boutan no longer believed the dogma relating to the devil's six clutches.Voltaire's Romances|Franois-Marie Arouet
British Dictionary definitions for dogma
noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
Word Origin for dogma
Word Origin and History for dogma
c.1600 (in plural dogmata), from Latin dogma "philosophical tenet," from Greek dogma (genitive dogmatos) "opinion, tenet," literally "that which one thinks is true," from dokein "to seem good, think" (see decent). Treated in 17c.-18c. as a Greek word in English.
Culture definitions for dogma
A teaching or set of teachings laid down by a religious group, usually as part of the essential beliefs of the group.