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[law-dee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to Archbishop Laud or his beliefs, especially that the Church of England preserves more fully than the Roman Catholic Church the faith and practices of the primitive church and that kings rule by divine right.
  2. noting or pertaining to a style of English Gothic architecture of the early 17th century, characterized by a mixture of medieval and Renaissance motifs, attributed to the influence of the policies of Archbishop Laud.
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  1. a supporter of Archbishop Laud or of Laudianism.
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Origin of Laudian

First recorded in 1685–95; Laud + -ian
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Examples from the Web for laudian

Historical Examples

  • The church was weak, for the Laudian system was disliked by the nation.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4


  • The pulpits of the Laudian clergy resounded with the cry of "passive obedience."

  • These Edwardine statutes, as they were called, remained nominally in force till the Laudian statutes replaced them.

  • Much less can that tradition be confused with the doctrine of the Laudian or of the Tractarian School.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Newman

  • The doors of the screen belong to the Laudian revival, and bear the arms of Charles the First.

British Dictionary definitions for laudian


  1. Church of England of or relating to the High-Church standards set up for the Church of England by Archbishop Laud
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