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Dogmatic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dogmatic adj
  1. characterized by arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles [syn: dogmatical]
  2. relating to or involving dogma; "dogmatic writings"
Dogmatic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dogmatic \Dog*mat"ic\, n. One of an ancient sect of physicians who went by general principles; -- opposed to the Empiric.
Dogmatic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dogmatic \Dog*mat"ic\, Dogmatical \Dog*mat`ic*al\, a. [L. dogmaticus, Gr. ?, fr. ?: cf. F. dogmatique.]
  1. Pertaining to a dogma, or to an established and authorized doctrine or tenet.
  2. Asserting a thing positively and authoritatively; positive; magisterial; hence, arrogantly authoritative; overbearing. Critics write in a positive, dogmatic way. -- Spectator. [They] are as assertive and dogmatical as if they were omniscient. -- Glanvill. Dogmatic theology. Same as Dogmatics. Syn: Magisterial; arrogant. See Magisterial.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dogmatic'


Dogma is the established belief or doctrine held by a religion, or by extension by some other group or organization. It is authoritative and not to be disputed, doubted, or diverged from, by the practitioner or believers. The term derives from Greek δόγμα "that which seems to one, opinion or belief" The plural is either dogmas or dogmata , from Greek δόγματα. dogmata is more etymologically correct, thus preferred.

Dogmata are found in religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, where they are considered core principles that must be upheld by all followers of that religion. As a fundamental element of religion, the term "dogma" is assigned to those theological tenets which are considered to be well demonstrated, such that their proposed disputation or revision effectively means that a person no longer accepts the given religion as his or her own, or has entered into a period of personal doubt. Dogma is distinguished from theological opinion regarding those things considered less well-known. Dogmata may be clarified and elaborated but not contradicted in novel teachings (e.g., Galatians 1:8-9). Rejection of dogma may lead to expulsion from a religious group.

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