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Breaking with convention or tradition; not orthodox.

un·or′tho·dox′ly adv.
un·or′tho·dox′y n.
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1. unorthodox practice
2. the quality of being unorthodox
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unorthodoxy - any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox positionunorthodoxy - any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
iconoclasm - the orientation of an iconoclast
orientation - an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
nonconformance, nonconformism, nonconformity - a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs
orthodoxy - a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
2.unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
Arianism - heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
Marcionism - the Christian heresy of the 2nd and 3rd centuries that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incarnation of God in Jesus as a human
Monophysitism - a Christian heresy of the 5th and 6th centuries that challenged the orthodox definition of the two natures (human and divine) in Jesus and instead believed there was a single divine nature
Monothelitism - the theological doctrine that Christ had only one will even though he had two natures (human and divine); condemned as heretical in the Third Council of Constantinople
Nestorianism - the theological doctrine (named after Nestorius) that Christ is both the son of God and the man Jesus (which is opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine that Christ is fully God)
Pelagianism - the theological doctrine put forward by Pelagius which denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous; condemned as heresy by the Council of Ephesus in 431
Docetism - the heretical doctrine (associated with the Gnostics) that Jesus had no human body and his sufferings and death on the cross were apparent rather than real
Gnosticism - a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches
tritheism - (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods
Albigensianism, Catharism - a Christian movement considered to be a medieval descendant of Manichaeism in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; characterized by dualism (asserted the coexistence of two mutually opposed principles, one good and one evil); was exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition
Zurvanism - a heretical Zoroastrian doctrine holding that Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe and that both Ahura Mazda and Ahriman were Zurvan's offspring
3.unorthodoxy - the quality of being unorthodoxunorthodoxy - the quality of being unorthodox  
originality - the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
unconventionality - unorthodoxy by virtue of being unconventional
nonconformity - unorthodoxy as a consequence of not conforming to expected standards or values
orthodoxy - the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
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References in classic literature ?
He had planned at first to be a minister, but the unorthodoxy of his opinions rendered this impossible; and he also studied law only to abandon it.
Despite Johnson's undemocratic practices, if his gamble pays off and Brussels agrees to tinker with the withdrawal agreement once its back is against the wall, his unorthodoxy may be forgiven but the likelihood of the EU caving is close to zero.
This unorthodoxy is seen in his disregard for decency and universal human rights, by claiming the latter are just a Western concept.
However, one should not take from him, for better or for worse, his panache and his penchant for drama and unorthodoxy. It is in this vein that we should look at his spontaneous meeting with North Korea's president last Sunday.
Coleman plays the game with more freedom and unorthodoxy than those schooled in that more sanitised environment and is, in short, someone the fans can both relate to and get behind.
Consider: Holzhauer now personifies new-mill unorthodoxy. He's incredibly smart, potentially charismatic and if he can ever turn down the wattage on that occasionally annoying Bucky Ipana grin the possible owner of an enduring likability.
His unorthodoxy, sharpness and appetite for work was simply too much for Watford, hammered 5-0 at Anfield last season when Mo Salah bagged four goals, to handle.
His unorthodoxy as a centreforward gave Burton problems night, as did his phenomenal workrate.
They raised unorthodoxy on nuclear matters to an art form.
Rather than dismiss the reaction out of hand, experts should be more open-minded when grappling with the factors behind the new unorthodoxy. Specifically, the tradeoffs that are implicit in conventional approaches need to be carefully quantified and clearly communicated.
Emotional energy drives physical energy, and if we're constantly depressed because we feel like our pace isn't fast enough, we'll miss the greatest joy of homesteading, which is seeing progress toward unorthodoxy. The homestead tribe is one that bucks every accepted norm in society: more stuff, more money, more expensive entertainment, more time away from home, more food prepared outside the home, more pharmaceuticals, and so on.
As uncomfortable as he may get with the unorthodoxy of the Pir system, hell stay mum and follow on as long as it keeps working.