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  • The tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others.

    ‘a culture of dogmatism and fanaticism’
    • ‘The philosophes criticized the ancien regime of religious superstition and dogmatism, hidebound social traditions, and repressive morality.’
    • ‘We lack the religious dogmatism and discipline of the other religions who are posing a threat to the very fabric of our religion.’
    • ‘Our guiding principle should be to leave behind parochial nationalism and dogmatism, and to promote mutually beneficial cooperation based on equality to enjoy prosperity.’
    • ‘While religious dogmatism is always a danger, it is less of a problem for us today than the soft-core spirituality that is its opposite.’
    • ‘Another backdrop is the rise of influence of fundamentalist groups and various forms of religious dogmatism.’
    • ‘Superstition, cruelty, religious fanaticism, prejudice and medieval dogmatism were all anathema to a wit like Voltaire.’
    • ‘It claims conservatism is rooted in phobias that cause ‘fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity.’’
    • ‘These days, people think less of John Paul's contribution to the ending of the cold war, and more of his dogmatism, narrow-mindedness and sheer wrong-headedness.’
    • ‘This makes it much easier to push a kind of fascist dogmatism onto people who do not make much attempt to question the status quo.’
    • ‘For others, it was the beginning of a culture of dependency which intensified over the decades, encouraged by political dogmatism.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, popular songwriters ridiculed what they perceived as the inherent dogmatism and moral arrogance of these traditions.’
    • ‘Like Galileo's trial before the Inquisition, this was not an argument about truth but a struggle for power, a sign of the religious dogmatism of the Counter-Reformation.’
    • ‘Most of us locate ourselves at some point along a spectrum, with religious dogmatism at one extreme and ideological secularism at the other.’
    • ‘Their arrogance and dogmatism in pursuit of their political struggle led at one point to a kind of reckless disregard for life.’
    • ‘However, she was not nearly as concerned with religious dogmatism as were her siblings.’
    • ‘What is holding this research back is not money but dogmatism and narrow-mindedness.’
    • ‘In presenting the main outlines of the orthodox theory, he is refreshingly free of the arrogance and simplistic dogmatism that seems to permeate the subject.’
    • ‘At the same time, there were clear signs that political repression and ideological dogmatism would be hallmarks of communist power.’
    • ‘In this ideological age, the youth movements displayed no small measure of dogmatism and elitism.’
    opinionatedness, peremptoriness, assertiveness, imperativeness, doctrinairism, authoritarianism, imperiousness, high-handedness, arrogance, dictatorialness
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/ˈdôɡməˌtizəm/ /ˈdɔɡməˌtɪzəm/


Early 17th century via French from medieval Latin dogmatismus, from Latin dogma (see dogma).