Definition: Orthodox

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From Late Middle English orthodoxe, from Middle French orthodoxe and its etymon Late Latin orthodoxus, from Ancient Greek ὀρθόδοξος (orthódoxos), from ὀρθός (orthós, “straight”) + δόξα (dóxa, “opinion”).


orthodox (comparative more orthodox, superlative most orthodox)

  1. Conforming to the established, accepted, or traditional doctrines of a given faith, religion, or ideology
  2. Adhering to whatever is traditional, customary, or generally accepted.
  3. Of the eastern churches, Eastern Orthodox.
  4. Of a branch of Judaism.
  5. (botany) Of pollen, seed, or spores: viable for a long time; viable when dried to low moisture content.

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