• WordNet 3.6
    • adj doctrinaire stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability
    • n doctrinaire a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Doctrinaire One who would apply to political or other practical concerns the abstract doctrines or the theories of his own philosophical system; a propounder of a new set of opinions; a dogmatic theorist. Used also adjectively; as, doctrinaire notions.☞ In french history, the Doctrinaires were a constitutionalist party which originated after the restoration of the Bourbons, and represented the interests of liberalism and progress. After the Revolution of July, 1830, when they came into power, they assumed a conservative position in antagonism with the republicans and radicals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n doctrinaire One who theorizes without a sufficient regard to practical considerations; a political theorist; an ideologist; one who undertakes to explain things by one narrow theory or group of theories, leaving out of view all other forces at work.
    • n doctrinaire In French history, during the period of the Restoration (1815-30) and later, one of a class of politicians and political philosophers who desired a constitution constructed on historical principles, especially after the analogy of the British constitution. They were opposed to absolutism and to revolutionary ideas, and were devoted to abstract doctrines and theories rather than to practical politics. Their chief leaders were Royer-Collard and Guizot.
    • doctrinaire Characteristic of a doctrinaire or unpractical theorist; merely theoretical; insisting upon the exclusive importance of a one-sided theory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Doctrinaire doc′tri-nār an unpractical theorist, disposed to carry principles to logical but unworkable extremes: in France, in 1815-30, one of a school who desired a constitution like that of Britain
    • adj Doctrinaire theorist
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  • Lord Melbourne
    “A doctrinaire is a fool but an honest man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Doctrine


In literature:

But the gain of escape from the egoism of passion to a more disinterested, even if a doctrinaire, view of life was great.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
But Howe was no doctrinaire, bound at all costs to uphold a system.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
Instead of Guizot, our Doctrinaire historian is Barante.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
It is the doctrinaire who must form systems within systems and policies within policies.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
But he was too vital to become a mere doctrinaire.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
It is no narrow doctrinaire cult.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
He was no mere bigoted doctrinaire, wedded to the absurd and exaggerated theories of the Teatolers.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
And he became a doctrinaire.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Marchand is neither a doctrinaire nor a timid Conservative.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
Some jog heavily on, like Metternich, or stiffen into arbitrary doctrinaires, like Guizot.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce

In news:

Dahl, Mortenson less doctrinaire about limiting buildings to no more than two stories.
Now they're starting to run conservatives out of town for being insufficiently doctrinaire.
Uncle Ray never budged an inch on politics, but he was not doctrinaire about music.
Few artisans are vocally doctrinaire.
My preceding blog post on the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page detailed how the worldviews of the page's writers and editors were skewed and distorted by doctrinaire economics, resistant to reality.