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Definition thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted

"Orthodox" (especially when capitalized) can also reference churches or religious orders that are more conservative than those that are non-orthodox.
  • The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
  • She is not an orthodox thinker.
  • orthodox = typical (accepting what is commonly believed)
  • The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.
    William O. Douglas
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Confessing Movement: is a neo-Evangelical movement within several mainline Protestant churches to return those churches to what members see as greater theological orthodoxy.
    Christian movements - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_movements (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Experienced guides would later question his decision to descend so far ahead of his clients—extremely unorthodox behavior for a guide.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • unorthodox = not ordinary (not adhering to what is commonly accepted)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Try, now, and give her a good orthodox New England bringing up, and see what it'll make of her.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • orthodox = thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
  • the visitors ... took great pleasure in shocking them with unorthodox remarks.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • unorthodox = unusual (not adhering to what is commonly accepted)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • orthodoxy = conforming to commonly accepted beliefs and behaviors
  • I am surprised by how it... pleases me, his success in this unorthodox path he's chosen.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • unorthodox = not adhering to what is commonly accepted
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • His unorthodox gamble had paid off.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • unorthodox = unusual (not adhering to what is commonly accepted)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Only sometimes, they say, he didn't preach what was quite orthodox.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • orthodox = what is commonly accepted
  • It was hard for anyone with his training in orthodox science to accept the evidence that had now come into his hands.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • orthodox = thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
  • So the minister, and the physician with him, withdrew again within the limits of what their Church defined as orthodox.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • orthodox = what is commonly accepted
  • I was reluctant to admit the flaw in the tidy, familiar orthodoxy I had been taught.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • orthodoxy = commonly accepted beliefs
  • the prosecutor's charge of uttering unorthodox opinions
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • unorthodox = in violation of what is commonly accepted
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • "You must think this a very unorthodox invasion, Doctor Baker," said Colonel Julyan, "and I apologise very humbly for disturbing you like this."
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • unorthodox = unusual (not adhering to what is commonly acceptable)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • ...and extremely unorthodox businesses in Russia.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • unorthodox = against what is commonly accepted
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • It's too unorthodox, too obvious for...
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • unorthodox = non-standard (not what is commonly done)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Trying to explain McCandless's unorthodox behavior, some people have made much of the fact that...
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • unorthodox = unusual (not adhering to what is commonly accepted)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Surely the evening's proceedings are scarcely orthodox, from a medical point of view.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
orthodox = thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted

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