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Meaning of DOGMA

Pronunciation:  'dogmu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative; "he believed all the Marxist dogma"
  2. [n]  a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof

DOGMA is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: tenet
 See Also: article of faith, church doctrine, credendum, creed, doctrine, gospel, ism, philosophy, religious doctrine, school of thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dog"ma\, n.; pl. E. {Dogmas}, L. {Dogmata}. [L. dogma,
Gr. ?, pl. ?, fr. ? to think, seem, appear; akin to L. decet
it is becoming. Cf. {Decent}.]
1. That which is held as an opinion; a tenet; a doctrine.

         The obscure and loose dogmas of early antiquity. --

2. A formally stated and authoritatively settled doctrine; a
   definite, established, and authoritative tenet.

3. A doctrinal notion asserted without regard to evidence or
   truth; an arbitrary dictum.

Syn: tenet; opinion; proposition; doctrine.

Usage: -- {Dogma}, {Tenet}. A tenet is that which is
       maintained as true with great firmness; as, the tenets
       of our holy religion. A dogma is that which is laid
       down with authority as indubitably true, especially a
       religious doctrine; as, the dogmas of the church. A
       tenet rests on its own intrinsic merits or demerits; a
       dogma rests on authority regarded as competent to
       decide and determine. Dogma has in our language
       acquired, to some extent, a repulsive sense, from its
       carrying with it the idea of undue authority or
       assumption. This is more fully the case with its
       derivatives dogmatical and dogmatism.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: a belief, article of faith, articles of faith, articles of religion, Athanasian Creed, axiom, belief, canon, Catechism, conviction, credenda, credo, creed, doctrine, maxim, Nicene Creed, persuasion, precept, principle, teaching, tenet, view