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Sep 13, 2011
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

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iridescent
heterodox
kleptocracy
polymath
necropolis

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heterodox

PRONUNCIATION:
(HET-uhr-uh-doks)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Different from established beliefs or opinions.
2. Holding unorthodox opinions.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hetero- (different) + doxa (opinion), from dokein (to think). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dek- (to take or accept), which is also the root of words such as paradox, orthodox, doctor, disciple, discipline, doctrine, dogma, decent, decorate, dignity, disdain, condign, and deign. Earliest documented use: 1619.

USAGE:
"Batku's response was to cast himself as a defender of the faith, railing against heterodox sects."
Praveen Swami; Piety, Paranoia, and Kashmir's Politics of Hate; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Jul 1, 2008.

See more usage examples of heterodox in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. -Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931)

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