- 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.
nounpl. dogmas or dogmata
- 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 of dogmaClassical 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
nounpl. 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 religion.
- A principle or statement of ideas, or a group of such principles or statements, especially when considered to be authoritative or accepted uncritically: “Much education consists in the instilling of unfounded dogmas in place of a spirit of inquiry” (Bertrand Russell).
Origin of dogmaLatin, from Greek, opinion, belief, from dokein, to seem, think; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(plural dogmas or dogmata)
- An authoritative principle, belief or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true regardless of evidence, or without evidence to support it.
- The unforgiving dogma of Stalinism is that what the party leader, however cruel and incompetent, decrees, however absurd, must be accepted as law.
- A doctrine (set of doctrines) relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth authoritatively by a religious organization or leader.
- In the Catholic Church, new dogmas can only be declared by the pope after the extremely rare procedure ex cathedra to make them part of the official faith.
From Latin dogma (“philosophical tenet”), from Ancient Greek δόγμα (dogma, “opinion, tenet”), from δοκέω (dokeō, “I seem good, think”) (more at decent). Treated in the 17c. -18c. as Greek, with plural dogmata.