Dogma is an official system of principles or doctrines of a religion, such as Roman Catholicism,[1] or the positions of a philosopher or of a philosophical school such as Stoicism.

In the pejorative sense, dogma refers to enforced decisions, such as those of aggressive political interests or authorities.[2][3] More generally, it is applied to some strong belief whose adherents are not willing to discuss it rationally. This attitude is named as a dogmatic one, or as dogmatism; and is often used to refer to matters related to religion, but is not limited to theistic attitudes alone and is often used with respect to political or philosophical dogmas.


The word "dogma" was transliterated in the 17th century from Latin dogma meaning "philosophical tenet" or principle, derived from the Greek dogma (δόγμα) meaning literally "that which one thinks is true" and the verb dokein, "to seem good".[4][5] The plural, based on the Greek, is "dogmata" (dawg-MAH-tah), though "dogmas" may be more commonly used in English and other languages.

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Afrikaans: Dogma
العربية: دوغماتية
asturianu: Dogma
български: Догма
català: Dogma
Чӑвашла: Догмат
čeština: Dogma
Cymraeg: Dogma
dansk: Dogme
Deutsch: Dogma
eesti: Dogma
Ελληνικά: Δόγμα
español: Dogma
Esperanto: Dogmo
euskara: Dogma
français: Dogme
Frysk: Dogma
galego: Dogma
한국어: 교조주의
हिन्दी: हठधर्म
hrvatski: Dogma
Ido: Dogmato
Bahasa Indonesia: Dogma
interlingua: Dogma
italiano: Dogma
עברית: דוגמה
қазақша: Догматизм
Kiswahili: Dogma
Latina: Dogma
latviešu: Dogma
Lëtzebuergesch: Dogma (Beschloss)
lietuvių: Dogma
Malagasy: Tenim-pinoana
مصرى: دوجما
Bahasa Melayu: Dogma
Nederlands: Dogma (algemeen)
日本語: 教義
norsk: Dogme
norsk nynorsk: Dogme
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Dogma
Piemontèis: Dògma
polski: Dogmat
português: Dogma
română: Dogmă
русиньскый: Догма
русский: Догмат
shqip: Dogmatizmi
Simple English: Dogma
سنڌي: ڊاگما
slovenčina: Dogma
slovenščina: Verska resnica
српски / srpski: Догма
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Dogma
Basa Sunda: Dogma
suomi: Dogmi
svenska: Dogm
Türkçe: Dogmatizm
українська: Догмат
Winaray: Dogma
中文: 宗教教義