doctrine noun

ADJ. Catholic, Islamic, etc. | economic, legal, political, religious | revolutionary | classical, conventional, established, orthodox, traditional | high He expounded traditional Calvinism with its high doctrine of church order (= its doctrine that church order is very important). | old | prevailing | central, essential | general | false, untenable | influential

QUANT. point communities divided on points of doctrine | body an influential body of doctrine

VERB + DOCTRINE advocate, expound, preach, proclaim, teach | defend | develop, establish, formulate, produce | accept, adhere to, adopt, be committed to, believe (in), embrace, subscribe to, support, uphold They were all committed to the doctrine of social equality. | abandon, condemn, oppose, reject, undermine She rejected the traditional Christian doctrines. | apply, invoke | reconcile Thompson reconciled the doctrine of heat with that of mechanics in 1851.

DOCTRINE + VERB advocate sth | allow sth Their doctrine allows the use of violence.

PREP. in ~ The Church welcomed all who were considered sound in doctrine.