doctrinaire

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌdɒktrɪˈnɛər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdɑktrəˈnɛr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(doktrə nâr)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
doc•tri•naire /ˈdɑktrəˈnɛr/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. inflexible and rigid about one's ideas:a doctrinaire preacher.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
doc•tri•naire  (doktrə nâr),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations;
    an impractical theorist.

adj. 
  1. dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas;
    fanatical:a doctrinaire preacher.
  2. merely theoretical;
    impractical.
  3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a doctrinaire.
doc′tri•nairism, n. 
  • French; see doctrine, -aire
  • 1810–20
    • 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
  1. stubbornly insistent on the observation of the niceties of a theory, esp without regard to practicality, suitability, etc
  2. theoretical; impractical
n
  1. a person who stubbornly attempts to apply a theory without regard to practical difficulties

ˌdoctriˈnairism, ˌdoctriˈnarism n
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