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 Dictionary entry overview: What does church doctrine mean? 

  The noun CHURCH DOCTRINE has 1 sense:

1. the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group

  Familiarity information: CHURCH DOCTRINE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group

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Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


church doctrine; religious doctrine; creed; gospel

Hypernyms ("church doctrine" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "church doctrine"):

original sin (a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam)

confession (a document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century))

ahimsa (a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence)

dogma; tenet (a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof)

ecumenicalism; ecumenicism; ecumenism ((Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity)

Immaculate Conception; Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary ((Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived)

Incarnation ((Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ)

Nicene Creed ((Christianity) a formal creed summarizing Christian beliefs; first adopted in 325 and later expanded)

real presence ((Christianity) the Christian doctrine that the body of Christ is actually present in the Eucharist)

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