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orthodox

adjective     /ˈɔː.θə.dɒks/ US  /ˈɔːr.θə.dɑːks/
C2 (of beliefs, ideas, or activities) considered traditional, normal, and acceptable by most people: orthodox treatment/methods orthodox views/opinions We would prefer a more orthodox approach/solution to the problem. → Compare heterodoxStandard and routine C2 (of religious people) having more traditional beliefs than other people in the same religious group: orthodox Christians/Jews/MuslimsReligious beliefs and atheistic beliefs the (Greek/Russian/Eastern) Orthodox Church a part of the Christian Church, with many members in Greece, Russia, and eastern EuropeChristian denominationsThe Roman Catholic Church
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