orthodox


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Orthodox \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.
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   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.
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   3. Adhering to generally approved doctrine or practices;
      conventional. Opposed to unorthodox.
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            He saluted me on both cheeks in the orthodox manner.
                                                  --H. R.
                                                  Haweis.
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   4. Of or pertaining to the churches of the Eastern Christian
      rite, especially the Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox
      churches, which do not recognize the supremacy of the Pope
      of Rome in matters of faith.
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   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.
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