- Dogma is defined as principles or rules that cannot be questioned, or articles of faith in different religions.
An example of dogma is the Ten Commandments in the Christian faith.
- a doctrine; tenet; belief
- doctrines, tenets, or beliefs, collectively
- a positive, arrogant assertion of opinion
- Eccles. a doctrine or body of doctrines formally and authoritatively affirmed
Origin: Classical Latin an opinion, that which one believes (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin a decree, order) ; from Classical Greek opinion, judgment ; from dokein, to seem: see decent
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noun pl. dog·mas or dog·ma·ta
- A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church.
- An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true. See Synonyms at doctrine.
- A principle or belief or a group of them: “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present” (Abraham Lincoln).
Origin: Latin, from Greek, opinion, belief, from dokein, to seem, think; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
dogma - Cultural Definition
A teaching or set of teachings laid down by a religious group, usually as part of the essential beliefs of the group.
- The term dogma is often applied to statements put forward by someone who thinks, inappropriately, that they should be accepted without proof.