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  1. orthocytosis,
  2. orthodontia,
  3. orthodontics,
  4. orthodontist,
  5. orthodonture,
  6. orthodox christianity,
  7. orthodox church,
  8. orthodox jew,
  9. orthodox judaism,
  10. orthodox sleep

Origin of orthodox

1575–85; < Late Latin orthodoxus right in religion < Late Greek orthódoxos, equivalent to ortho- ortho- + dóx(a) belief, opinion + -os adj. suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for orthodox



conforming with established or accepted standards, as in religion, behaviour, or attitudes
conforming to the Christian faith as established by the early Church
Derived Formsorthodoxly, adverb

Word Origin for orthodox

C16: via Church Latin from Greek orthodoxos, from orthos correct + doxa belief



of or relating to the Orthodox Church of the East
(sometimes not capital)
  1. of or relating to Orthodox Judaism
  2. (of an individual Jew) strict in the observance of Talmudic law and in personal devotions
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Word Origin and History for orthodox



mid-15c., of opinions, faith, from Late Latin orthodoxus, from Greek orthodoxos "having the right opinion," from orthos "right, true, straight" (see ortho-) + doxa "opinion, praise," from dokein "to seem," from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent). As the name of the Eastern Church, first recorded in English 1772; in reference to a branch of Judaism, first recorded 1853.

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