doctrinaire


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doc·tri·naire

 (dŏk′trə-nâr′)
adj.
Relating to, adhering to, or insisting upon a doctrine or theory without regard to practical considerations or problems.
n.
A doctrinaire person.

[French, from doctrine, doctrine, from Old French; see doctrine.]

doc′tri·nair′ism n.
doc′tri·nar′i·an n.
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doctrinaire

(ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛə)
adj
1. stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
2. theoretical; impractical
n
a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties
ˌdoctriˈnairism, ˌdoctriˈnarism n
ˌdoctriˈnarian n
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doc•tri•naire

(ˈdɒk trəˈnɛər)

n.
1. a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations.
adj.
2. dogmatic about one's ideas; fanatical.
3. merely theoretical; impractical.
4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.
[1810–20; < French; see doctrine, -aire]
doc`tri•nair′ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doctrinaire - a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
drumbeater, partisan, zealot - a fervent and even militant proponent of something
Adj.1.doctrinaire - stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
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doctrinaire

adjective
1. dogmatic, rigid, fanatical, inflexible forty-five years of doctrinaire Stalinism
2. impractical, theoretical, speculative, ideological, unrealistic, hypothetical, unpragmatic It is a doctrinaire scheme.
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doctrinaire

adjective
Devoted to certain doctrines without regard to practicability:
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Translations

doctrinaire

[ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛəʳ]
A. ADJdoctrinario
B. Ndoctrinario/a m/f
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doctrinaire

[ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛər] adj [person] (= dogmatic) → doctrinaire
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doctrinaire

adjdoktrinär
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doctrinaire

[ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛəʳ] adj (pej) → dottrinario/a
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But Nature, who has no doctrinaire ideas, may equally apply it to concentration.
Standing well at court, whether the king regnant was of the older or younger branch, whether the government was doctrinaire liberal, or conservative; looked upon by all as a man of talent, since those who have never experienced a political check are generally so regarded; hated by many, but warmly supported by others, without being really liked by anybody, M.
She reminded Issie for a moment of Renate, in gestures that obscurely cancelled one another out: a doctrinaire holding forth of nonsensical principles as mandatory.
Perhaps he is also troubled by Jeremy Corbyn's ideological stubbornness, and the damaging influence that doctrinaire aide Seumas Milne and others seem to have on the leader.
Clarida won't be doctrinaire in the rate decision, but will take his cue from inflation and unemployment data.
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At the same time he will launch a renewed attack on Jeremy Corbyn, saying the Labour leader continued to work with Theresa May "to make Brexit happen" while pursuing a policy of "doctrinaire socialism".
Life is too short to be doctrinaire about my cocktails or deliberately set myself up for disappointment.
Lukacs is one of the few Marxist literary critics of the interwar period whose work remains influential (and devoid of the dreariness of much doctrinaire Marxist literary criticism).
If only such books could be read in a spirit of disinterested science by people of a doctrinaire bent who have made up their minds without the least regard for evidence of effectiveness about an approach to treatment that has restored health to so many people in so many lands over so many years.