unorthodox

Unorthodox describes something that goes against the usual ways of doing things. Instead of describing yourself as a terrible speller, you might instead proudly refer to your spelling as unorthodox.

The adjective unorthodox originally referred to religion, specifically to a person or practice that went against the traditions of a particular belief. The Greek roots of unorthodox are orthos, or "right," and doxa, or "opinion." So someone whose beliefs are orthodox has "the right opinion," while an unorthodox person does not. The definition has evolved so that unorthodox's meaning is closer to "unusual" or "innovative" than just plain "wrong."

DEFINITIONS OF: unorthodox

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adj breaking with convention or tradition

“an unorthodox lifestyle”
Synonyms
dissentient, recusant
(of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
dissident, heretical, heterodox
characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
iconoclastic
characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
nonconforming, nonconformist
not conforming to established customs or doctrines especially in religion
Reformed
of or relating to the body of Protestant Christianity arising during the Reformation; used of some Protestant churches especially Calvinist as distinct from Lutheran
Antonyms:
orthodox
adhering to what is commonly accepted
conservative
resistant to change
antiheretical
opposed to heresy
canonic, canonical, sanctioned
conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
conforming, conformist
adhering to established customs or doctrines (especially in religion)
conventional, established
conforming with accepted standards
traditional
pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines
unreformed
unaffected by the Reformation
standard
established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
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adj independent in behavior or thought

Synonyms:
irregular, maverick
unconventional
not conforming to accepted rules or standards
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