dogma








noun, plural dog·mas or (Rare) dog·ma·ta [dawg-muh-tuh] /ˈdɔg mə tə/.

  1. an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.
  2. a specific tenet or doctrine authoritatively laid down, as by a church: the dogma of the Assumption; the recently defined dogma of papal infallibility.
  3. prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group: the difficulty of resisting political dogma.
  4. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle: the classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation.

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

  1. a religious doctrine or system of doctrines proclaimed by ecclesiastical authority as true
  2. a belief, principle, or doctrine or a code of beliefs, principles, or doctrinesMarxist dogma
n.

c.1600 (in plural dogmata), from Latin dogma “philosophical tenet,” from Greek dogma (genitive dogmatos) “opinion, tenet,” literally “that which one thinks is true,” from dokein “to seem good, think” (see decent). Treated in 17c.-18c. as a Greek word in English.

A teaching or set of teachings laid down by a religious group, usually as part of the essential beliefs of the group.

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