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latitudinarian

[lat-i-tood-n-air-ee-uh n, -tyood-]
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adjective
  1. allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, especially in religious views.
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noun
  1. a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct.
  2. Anglican Church. one of the churchmen in the 17th century who maintained the wisdom of the episcopal form of government and ritual but denied its divine origin and authority.
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Origin of latitudinarian

1655–65; < Latin lātitūdin- (see latitudinal) + -arian
Related formslat·i·tu·di·nar·i·an·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He was a latitudinarian, without a spark of feeling for historic Christianity.

    Cornish Characters

    S. Baring-Gould

  • Tillotson was so latitudinarian that his churchmanship was nebulous.

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    S. Baring-Gould

  • We live in decent times; frigid, latitudinarian, alarmed, decorous.

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    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The Dean took it with smiles; but then the Dean was a Latitudinarian.

  • Some few were Arian, some were Socinian, and some quite Latitudinarian.


British Dictionary definitions for latitudinarian

latitudinarian

adjective
  1. permitting or marked by freedom of attitude or behaviour, esp in religious matters
  2. (sometimes capital) of or relating to a school of thought within the Church of England in the 17th century that minimized the importance of divine authority in matters of doctrine and stressed the importance of reason and personal judgment
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noun
  1. a person with latitudinarian views
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Derived Formslatitudinarianism, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin lātitūdō breadth, latitude, influenced in form by Trinitarian
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Word Origin and History for latitudinarian

adj.

1660s, "characterized by broad-mindedness," especially in reference to Episcopal clergymen indifferent to doctrinal details; from Latin latitudin-, from latitude in its meaning "freedom from narrow restrictions" (c.1600). Related: Latitudinarianism.

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