Family Word Snacks: Doctrinaire & Doctrine

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“Will I have to use a dictionary to read your book?” asked Mrs. Dodypol. “It depends,” says I, “how much you used the dictionary before you read it.”
~Alexander Theroux, Darconville’s Cat

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doctrinaire: [dahk-truh-nar] 1. (a) seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations. 2. (n) a person seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations.

in a sentence: Doctrinaire parents will discipline all of their kids the same, regardless of differences in personality and learning styles.

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doctrine: [dahk-trin] (n) 1. something that is taught. 2. an official belief, opinion, or idea

in a sentence: Kids have their own doctrine of sorts: 1. Naptime is a scam; 2. the best part about school is lunch; and 3. grandparents are the the world’s greatest secret-keepers and candy dispensers.

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-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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