A Word A Day : Dogmatic

Sunday, 30th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : dog-mat'ik

1. Characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles

2. Characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles

3. Tending to dictate

4. Devoted to certain doctrines without regard to practicability


Late Latin dogmaticus, from Greek dogmatikos, from dogma, dogmat-, belief


Opinionated, Arbitrary, Doctrinal,Authoritarian, Bossy, Dictatorial, Domineering, Imperious, Magisterial, Masterful, Overbearing, Peremptory, Rigid, Inflexible, Unbending, Strict, Intransigent, Narrow, Doctrinaire, Fixed


Ambiguous, Doubtful, Dubious, Equivocal, Fluctuating, Indecisive, Not Positive, Uncertain, Vacillating, Amenable, Doubting, Flexible, Indecisive, Manageable, Obedient, Questioning, Skeptical, Submissive

Contextual Examples:

• When people are the least sure, they are often the most dogmatic.

• You have merely made a few excited and dogmatic assertions about my mental caliber.

Related Words:

1. Dogmatically : Adverb

2. Dogma : Noun

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