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[ley-od-uh-see-uh n, ley-uh-duh-] /leɪˌɒd əˈsi ən, ˌleɪ ə də-/
lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea.
a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion.
Origin of Laodicean
First recorded in 1605-15; Laodice(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Laodicean
Historical Examples
  • Verily we are in the last--the Laodicean stage--that of the Lukewarm Church.

    The Chocolate Soldier C. T. Studd
  • Is it possible that we have the lost Laodicean document in the epistle before us?

  • The Laodicean attitude of a shrewd publisher hurt her less than at first.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • And the Laodicean must represent her last, and so her worst condition!

  • Naturally the public could not swallow it, for even God cannot digest a Laodicean.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • He is the Laodicean, neither cold nor hot, whom decent people consider bad company.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • They show an amount and degree of interest in ideas of the kind which are surprising to a Laodicean like me.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The connection forbids us to suppose that a letter written by the Laodicean Church is meant.

  • As a season she is distinctly a failure, being neither one thing nor the other, neither hot nor cold, a very Laodicean.

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for Laodicean


lukewarm and indifferent, esp in religious matters
a person having a lukewarm attitude towards religious matters
Word Origin
C17: referring to the early Christians of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14–16)
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Word Origin and History for Laodicean

"lukewarm in religion," 1560s, from Laodicea, Syrian city (modern Latakia) whose early Christians were chastised in the Bible for indifference to their religion [Rev. iii:14-16]. The city is said to be named for the 3c B.C.E. Syrian queen Laodice, wife of Antiochus II.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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