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Breaking with convention or tradition; not orthodox.

un·or′tho·dox′ly adv.
un·or′tho·dox′y n.


1. unorthodox practice
2. the quality of being unorthodox
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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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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.
The company's projects are a testament to its drive for excellency, beauty, and in some instances unorthodoxy, it added.
Bamboozled by the unorthodoxy and skill of Akila Dhananjaya, they momentarily lost their way before Mahendra Singh Dhoni restored order.
Unorthodoxy won hands down, the Pears scoring more for the loss of four wickets in a slightly elongated session than Durham had been bowled out for in two.
Also crucial is the author's claim that the religious practices of Black Pentecostalism, such as "whooping, shouting, noisemaking, and tongues speech" are so distinctive in this denomination of African American religion that it allows for nontraditional and unorthodoxy activities to exist and thrive for persons of African descent in the United States who are under consistent assault be the larger society (p.
All of the pieces in this collection, entitled 'Magic Lanterns,' 'tell a story steeped in wonder, phantasmagoria and unorthodoxy.
But his unorthodoxy, a sharp contrast to Januzaj's lazy elegance, could be a weapon.
Kandil argues that this unorthodoxy of Islamism came out of the intellectual crisis of the 19th century.
Following the exit of a sizeable section of the audience after the first ritual performance, those who remained to see the piece through displayed an apparent willingness to accept its unorthodoxy through the serious attention they gave to it.
In an early indication of his unorthodoxy, Duterte told reporters on Monday that if he became president he would seek multilateral talks to resolve disputes over the South China Sea.