WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
doc•tri•naire /ˈdɑktrəˈnɛr/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- inflexible and rigid about one's ideas:a doctrinaire preacher.
(dok′trə nâr′),USA pronunciation n.
- a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations;
an impractical theorist.
- dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas;
fanatical:a doctrinaire preacher.
- merely theoretical;
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.
- French; see doctrine, -aire
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . authoritarian, uncompromising, inflexible, unyielding.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . reasonable, flexible.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
doctrinaire /ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛə/ adj
- stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
- theoretical; impractical
ˌdoctriˈnairism, ˌdoctriˈnarism n
- a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties
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