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

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