Definitions for: Orthodox


[adj] adhering to what is commonly accepted; "an orthodox view of the world"
[adj] (religion) of or pertaining to or characteristic of Judaism; "Orthodox Judaism"
[adj] (religion) of or relating to or characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Church



Webster (1913) Definition: Or"tho*dox, a. [L. orthodoxus, Gr. 'orqo`doxos;
'orqo`s right, true + do`xa opinion, dokei^n to think, seem;
cf. F. orthodoxe. See Ortho-, Dogma.]
1. Sound in opinion or doctrine, especially in religious
doctrine; hence, holding the Christian faith; believing
the doctrines taught in the Scriptures; -- opposed to
heretical and heterodox; as, an orthodox Christian.

2. According or congruous with the doctrines of Scripture,
the creed of a church, the decree of a council, or the
like; as, an orthodox opinion, book, etc.

3. Approved; conventional.

He saluted me on both cheeks in the orthodox manner.
--H. R.
Haweis.

Note: The term orthodox differs in its use among the various
Christian communions. The Greek Church styles itself
the ``Holy Orthodox Apostolic Church,'' regarding all
other bodies of Christians as more or less heterodox.
The Roman Catholic Church regards the Protestant
churches as heterodox in many points. In the United
States the term orthodox is frequently used with
reference to divergent views on the doctrine of the
Trinity. Thus it has been common to speak of the
Trinitarian Congregational churches in distinction from
the Unitarian, as Orthodox. The name is also applied to
the conservative, in distinction from the ``liberal'',
or Hicksite, body in the Society of Friends.
--Schaff-Herzog Encyc.

Synonyms: canonic, canonical, conforming, conformist, conventional, Eastern Orthodox, established, Greek Orthodox, Jewish-Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, sanctioned, traditional

Antonyms: unorthodox

See Also: conservative, standard




Famous Quotes Containing Orthodox:


If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.

-- Robert Jackson (American Statesman)

One and all, the orthodox creeds are crumbling into ruins everywhere.

-- John Fiske (American Philosopher)

Russia is an Eastern Orthodox country.

-- Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Russian Politician)

The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is not that it has not been orthodox enough, but that it has lost a lot of religious substance.

-- Peter L. Berger (Austrian Sociologist)

The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.

-- Abraham Cahan (Lithuanian Author)

Today the eyes of orthodox Jews of earth are fixed upon Palestine.

-- Joseph Franklin Rutherford (American Clergyman)

I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.

-- William Howard Taft (American President)

I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!

-- Sally Field (American Actress)

I'm against the capturing of Eastern Orthodox temples.

-- Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Russian Politician)

The only thing I oppose is persecuting of Eastern Orthodox priests and temples.

-- Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Russian Politician)

Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.

-- Lord Melbourne (British Statesman)

People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.

-- Walter Lippmann (American Journalist)

Especially for my father it was a great change. He used to be a socialist and even a member of the socialist party. But then he became an orthodox Jew.

-- Leon Askin (Austrian Actor)

Not all Modern Orthodox Jews, at the present juncture, identify with what the Israeli government does. In Israel many religious Zionists strongly oppose the government because of the disengagement.

-- Norman Lamm (American Educator)

There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.

-- Ryszard Kapuscinski (Polish Journalist)

The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.

-- Kevin Kelly (American Editor)

When I walk into an Orthodox Church... one is immediately aware that one has stepped into the presence of what St. Paul would call the whole family in heaven and earth. You have stepped into the precincts of heaven!

-- Thomas Howard ( -)

I now attend non-orthodox synagogues, and study little during the secular week.

-- Luke Ford (Australian Writer)

Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in.

-- Robert Jay Lifton (American Psychologist)

One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.

-- Mortimer Adler (American Philosopher)

I can understand why Christians call us heretics. But most important, who will God call a heretic? From God's point of view, my revelation is deeply orthodox.

-- Sun Myung Moon (Korean Clergyman)

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.

-- Walter Lippmann (American Journalist)

But for 30 years, Orthodox leaders have tipped the balance between hawks and doves, and have been in a position to determine who forms a coalition and who runs the country.

-- Amos Oz (Israeli Writer)

The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by the hierarchical orthodox Christians.

-- Robert Shea (American Author)

Most Modern Orthodox are religious Zionists. Despite all differences and nuances among us, we consider the founding of the State a historic change. We accept it as something that came from Providence.

-- Norman Lamm (American Educator)


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