• Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.

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Example Sentences

“The new independent school seems to have some heterodox curriculum.”

“I’m eager to hear some heterodox viewpoints brought up in the town hall meeting.” 

“We welcome heterodox views, and everyone will get a chance to share today.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 17th century

Why this word?

If “heterodox” is a new word for you, you’re likely familiar with its counterpart: “orthodox.” The Greek root “doxa” means “opinion,” and “heteros” means “other,” so to describe someone or something as “heterodox” means it’s outside of the accepted norm or against commonly held opinions. Synonyms for “heterodox” include “dissenting,” “nonconforming,” “freethinking,” “iconoclastic,” “rebellious,” “renegade,” and “skeptical.”

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