not in accordance with established or accepted doctrines or opinions, especially in theology; unorthodox.
holding unorthodox doctrines or opinions.

Nearby words

  1. heterocytotropic,
  2. heterocytotropic antibody,
  3. heterodactyl,
  4. heterodactylous,
  5. heterodont,
  6. heterodoxy,
  7. heterodromous,
  8. heterodyne,
  9. heteroecious,
  10. heteroecism

Origin of heterodox

1610–20; < Greek heteródoxos of another opinion, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + dóx(a) opinion (Compare dokeîn to think, suppose) + -os adj. suffix

Related formshet·er·o·dox·ly, adverb

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at variance with established, orthodox, or accepted doctrines or beliefs
holding unorthodox opinions
Derived Formsheterodoxy, noun

Word Origin for heterodox

C17: from Greek heterodoxos holding another opinion, from hetero- + doxa opinion

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Word Origin and History for heterodox



1630s, from Greek heterodoxos, from heteros "the other" (see hetero-) + doxa "opinion," from dokein "to appear, seem, think" (see decent).

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