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[ley-od-uh-see-uh n, ley-uh-duh-]
  1. lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea.
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  1. a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion.
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Origin of Laodicean

First recorded in 1605–15; Laodice(a) + -an
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Historical Examples of 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 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

British Dictionary definitions for laodicean


  1. lukewarm and indifferent, esp in religious matters
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  1. a person having a lukewarm attitude towards religious matters
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Word Origin for laodicean

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.

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