- 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
Examples from the Web for laodicean
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 Expositor's Bible: Ephesians
G. G. Findlay
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!Notes On The Apocalypse
Naturally the public could not swallow it, for even God cannot digest a Laodicean.Essays on Russian Novelists
William Lyon Phelps
- lukewarm and indifferent, esp in religious matters
- a person having a lukewarm attitude towards religious matters
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.