noun, plural dog·mas or (Rare) dog·ma·ta [dawg-muh-tuh]. /ˈdɔg mə tə/.
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Origin of dogma
historical usage of dogma
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.
popular references for dogma
— 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.
Quotations related to 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)
Words nearby dogma
How to use dogma in a sentence
The dogma that a plant cell wall is a thick, more or less permanent barrier “basically disappears with this study.”Plant Cells of Different Species Can Swap Organelles|Viviane Callier|January 20, 2021|Quanta Magazine
We’ve let our intuition and dogma kind of bias us to the point where we might be missing a lot of important biology.Scientists Find Vital Genes Evolving in Genome’s Junkyard|Viviane Callier|November 16, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Michel and Nonardo were discriminated against by society and the dictatorship that governs the country and represses anyone who does not agree with its dogmas.
For Japan, part of the protective dogma has been the idea that the virus is spread most perniciously when people speak loudly or shout.
Andrew Yang agrees with this diagnosis — but not with the rest of the economic dogma.Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362 Update)|Stephen J. Dubner|December 19, 2019|Freakonomics
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
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.
Such are the ideas which the dogma of gratuitous predestination gives of Divinity!
The fear of ceasing to be is but an evil for the imagination, which alone brought forth the dogma of another life.
It must be made perfectly clear, said the bishop, that Christianity was a religion, and not a dietetic dogma.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
How do they reason upon a dogma, and quarrel with acrimony about a system of which even themselves can comprehend nothing?
The dogma of the immortality of the soul, or of a future life, presents nothing consoling in the Christian religion.
British Dictionary definitions for dogma
noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
Word Origin for dogma
Cultural 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.