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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Definitions for doctrinaire

  1. dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical: a doctrinaire preacher.
  2. merely theoretical; impractical.
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.

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Citations for doctrinaire
And in contrast with Austen's light touch, Eliot occasionally ran the risk of being doctrinaire--a worthwhile danger when one believes as earnestly as she did in the improving powers of literature, and the way in which a novel might change a reader's life. Rebecca Mead, "Without Austen, No Eliot," The New Yorker, January 28, 2013
He'd often been struck by the possibility of becoming an old man cemented in his ways, doctrinaire and mechanical, performing every function to an undemanding schedule. Campbell Armstrong, Concert of Ghosts, 1992
Origin of doctrinaire
Doctrinaire entered English from French with roots in the Latin doctrīna meaning "teaching." It came into widespread use in English in the early 1800s.
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