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[dawg-mat-iks, dog-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of the arrangement and statement of religious doctrines, especially of the doctrines received in and taught by the Christian church.
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Origin of dogmatics

First recorded in 1835–45; see origin at dogmatic, -ics
Also called dogmatic theology, doctrinal theology.
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Examples from the Web for dogmatics

Historical Examples

  • Dogmatics, systematics, dialectics were what everybody wanted.

    The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation

    Ernst Von Dobschutz

  • The Avesta, then, is not a system of dogmatics, but a book of worship.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • Dogmatics, a systematic arrangement of the articles of Christian faith (dogmas), or the branch of theology that deals with them.

  • In the hymns he is losing his definite character and becoming an abstraction, a god of dogmatics rather than of history.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Nanny adhered to the Dogmatics, and inferred, from reason and nature, that heat was the best application for driving away cold.

British Dictionary definitions for dogmatics


  1. (functioning as singular) the study of religious dogmas and doctrinesAlso called: dogmatic theology, doctrinal theology
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