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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dog·ma /ˈdɔgmə, ˈdɑg-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dog·ma n.; pl. E. Dogmas L. Dogmata
 1. That which is held as an opinion; a tenet; a doctrine.
    The obscure and loose dogmas of early antiquity.   -- Whewell.
 2. A formally stated and authoritatively settled doctrine; a definite, established, and authoritative tenet.
 3. A doctrinal notion asserted without regard to evidence or truth; an arbitrary dictum.
 Syn: --  tenet; opinion; proposition; doctrine.
 Usage: -- Dogma, Tenet. A tenet is that which is maintained as true with great firmness; as, the tenets of our holy religion. A dogma is that which is laid down with authority as indubitably true, especially a religious doctrine; as, the dogmas of the church. A tenet rests on its own intrinsic merits or demerits; a dogma rests on authority regarded as competent to decide and determine. Dogma has in our language acquired, to some extent, a repulsive sense, from its carrying with it the idea of undue authority or assumption. This is more fully the case with its derivatives dogmatical and dogmatism.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without
           proof [syn: tenet]
      2: a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative; "he
         believed all the Marxist dogma"
      [also: dogmata (pl)]