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doctrinaire

[ dok-truh-nair ]SEE DEFINITION OF doctrinaire

Synonyms for doctrinaire

  • authoritarian
  • authoritative
  • biased
  • bigoted
  • bullheaded
  • dictative
  • dictatorial
  • dogged
  • fanatical
  • impractical
  • inflexible
  • insistent
  • magisterial
  • mulish
  • obstinate
  • one-sided
  • pertinacious
  • pigheaded
  • rigid
  • speculative
  • stiff-necked
  • stubborn
  • unrealistic
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Antonyms for doctrinaire

  • amenable
  • flexible
  • manageable
  • obedient
  • submissive
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOCTRINAIRE

It has been well said of him that he never became either a pedant or a doctrinaire.

It is the hideous figure of the doctrinaire which Erasmus is thinking of.

To these, as a "forward" party, the doctrinaire theorists have allied themselves.

If his mind did not naturally work that way he would not be a Doctrinaire.

The Doctrinaire can never realize the fatal nature of the "too-much."

But Howe was no doctrinaire, bound at all costs to uphold a system.

The original instrument was not only democratic in tone, but doctrinaire.

In 1879 the principles of doctrinaire treason were preferred.

Sun was not doctrinaire in the furtherance of immediate projects.

With him the quibbler, the doctrinaire, the political economist, has no place.

WORD ORIGIN

1820, from French doctrinaire "impractical person," originally "adherent of doctrines" (14c.), from Latin doctrina (see doctrine).

At first used in the context of French politics, contemptuously applied by rival factions to those who tried to reconcile liberty with royal authority after 1815. Hence, anyone who applies doctrine without making allowance for practical considerations (1831). As an adjective, from 1834.

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