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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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  • Vatican makes 'new generation' cardinal head of key German archdiocese
    The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a "new generation" of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday. The move makes Rainer Maria Woelki, who turns 58 next month, one of the most influential Roman Catholic cardinals and is an indication Read more on this news related to 'Dogmatic'
  • China's President Xi Jinping Seeks Stronger Ties With Reformed Cuba
    China's President Xi Jinping recalled the giddy days of 1960, when dogmatic communism both defined and united his country and Cuba, on his arrival to Havana. A triumphant Fidel Castro was the first Latin American leader to forge diplomatic relations with the new China, Xi said in a statement. Half-a-century later, with the two countries at radically different Read more on this news related to 'Dogmatic'
  • Ed Miliband Calls Railway Privitisation 'Dogmatic' And Says Labour Would Put Railways Back In Public Hands
    The decision to privatise the railways was based on "dogma" and large parts of them be taken back into public ownership if Labour wins the general election, Ed Miliband has announced. The Labour leader said the party would let the public sector challenge private operators to take on the running of rail franchises, arguing it would improve the service for Read more on this news related to 'Dogmatic'

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