Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: orthodoxe, from Late Latin, from Late Greek orthodoxos, from Greek ortho- (from orthos 'straight, correct') + doxa 'opinion'


1 orthodox ideas, methods, or behaviour are accepted by most people to be correct and right [= conventional]:
orthodox medical treatments
He challenged the orthodox views on education.
2 someone who is orthodox has the opinions and beliefs that are generally accepted as being right, and does not have new or different ideas:
Orthodox economists believe that a recession is now inevitable.
an orthodox Marxist
3RR believing in all the traditional beliefs, laws, and practices of a religion:
an orthodox Jew

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