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Orthodox (ορθοδόξος) in Greek means correct both in worship and belief. It is derived from the combination of όρθος/orthos (correct, straight, without deviation) and δόξα/doxa (glory or worship) or δοκείν/dokein (to teach). In fact, the names of the Orthodox Church in Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, etc. reflects and reinforces more the 'doxa' etymology. Thus orthodox in this context should be understood more as 'correct in worship' and the claim 'correct in belief' should be regarded as implicit.

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