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Main Entry: or·tho·dox
Pronunciation: primarystressodotr-thschwa-secondarystressdäks
Function: adjective
Etymology: from early French orthodoxe or Latin orthodoxus, both meaning "orthodox," from Greek orthodoxos (same meaning), from orthodoxein "to have the right or true opinion," derived from orthos "right, true" and doxa "opinion"
1 : holding established beliefs especially in religion <an orthodox Christian>
2 : approved as measuring up to some standard : USUAL, CONVENTIONAL <take an orthodox approach to a problem>
3 capitalized a : EASTERN ORTHODOX b : of or relating to Orthodox Judaism
- or·tho·dox·ly adverb
Word History When someone has the same opinions and beliefs as those held by most other people, these opinions are usually considered the "right" opinions to have. In English such opinions might be called "orthodox." The English word orthodox comes originally from the Greek words orthos, meaning "right, true" and doxa, meaning "opinion." These two words were combined to form the Greek verb orthodoxein, meaning "to have the right opinion." From orthodoxein came the Greek adjective orthodoxos, which was borrowed into Latin as orthodoxus. The English adjective orthodox comes from this Latin adjective.

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