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noun, plural or·tho·dox·ies for 1.
  1. orthodox belief or practice.
  2. orthodox character.
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Origin of orthodoxy

1620–30; < Late Latin orthodoxia < Greek orthodoxía right opinion, equivalent to orthódox(os) (see orthodox) + -ia -y3
Related formsan·ti·or·tho·dox·y, nounhy·per·or·tho·dox·y, nounpro-or·tho·dox·y, adjectiveun·or·tho·dox·y, noun, plural un·or·tho·dox·ies.
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Examples from the Web for unorthodoxy

Historical Examples

  • He was, however, banished for unorthodoxy and died at Lampsacus aged 72.

    The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura

    Lucius Apuleius

  • But unorthodoxy in the realm of politics is still frowned upon.

    The Coming of Coal

    Robert W. Bruere

  • The association of the name of Copernicus with that of Galileo has always cast an air of unorthodoxy about the great astronomer.

  • Because, if both orthodoxy and unorthodoxy go wrong, what is a poor human woman to do?

  • From this it would seem that heresy and unorthodoxy had already made its appearance in the diocese.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

    St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour

British Dictionary definitions for unorthodoxy


noun plural -doxies
  1. orthodox belief or practice
  2. the quality of being orthodox
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Word Origin and History for unorthodoxy


1704, from unorthodox + -y (1).

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1620s, from French orthodoxie and directly from Late Latin orthodoxia, from late Greek orthodoxia "right opinion," noun of quality from orthodoxos (see orthodox).

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