- of, relating to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology, etc.
- of, relating to, or conforming to beliefs, attitudes, or modes of conduct that are generally approved.
- customary or conventional, as a means or method; established.
- sound or correct in opinion or doctrine, especially theological or religious doctrine.
- conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or designating the Eastern Church, especially the Greek Orthodox Church.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Orthodox Jews or Orthodox Judaism.
Origin of orthodox
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Examples from the Web for orthodox
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
Ben is not Orthodox or particularly committed to adhering to traditional Jewish laws.
I mean my background weighed heavily, because I was brought up in this orthodox way.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Most Allentown residents of Syrian heritage are Orthodox Christians from the Wadi-al-Nasara region in western Homs province.Welcome to Assadville, USA
November 11, 2014
Putin also blamed Ukrainian nationalists for attacking the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine.Why Are Swastikas Hot In West Ukraine?
October 17, 2014
I don't know what the orthodox people ever wanted to get up their theory of a hell for.Hetty's Strange History
I can also enjoy the orthodox Liberal, though I understand him only too well.
I can enjoy the orthodox Tory, though I could never understand him.
By a regular priest and bishop, sir;--orthodox and dignified clergymen!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
She had been devoted to Macedonius, and often interceded for the orthodox.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
- conforming with established or accepted standards, as in religion, behaviour, or attitudes
- conforming to the Christian faith as established by the early Church
- of or relating to the Orthodox Church of the East
- (sometimes not capital)
- of or relating to Orthodox Judaism
- (of an individual Jew) strict in the observance of Talmudic law and in personal devotions
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.