- 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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Laodicean — La*od i*ce an, a. Of or pertaining to Laodicea, a city in Phrygia Major; like the Christians of Laodicea; lukewarm in religion. Rev. iii. 14 16. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Laodicean — [lā äd΄ə sē′ən, lā′ə də sēən] adj. 1. of Laodicea 2. indifferent or lukewarm in religion: an allusion to the early Christians of LAODICEA (city in Phrygia): Rev. 3:14 16 3. indifferent or lukewarm about any subject n. 1. a person born or living… … English World dictionary
Laodicean — adjective Etymology: from the reproach to the church of the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:15 16 Date: 1633 lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics • Laodicean noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
Laodicean — /lay od euh see euhn, lay euh deuh /, adj. 1. lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea. n. 2. a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion. [1605 15; LAODICE(A) + AN] * * * … Universalium
Laodicean — 1. adjective /leɪədɪˈsiːən/ a) pertaining to b) lukewarm, neither hot nor cold (with reference to Revelation 3:16) 2. noun /leɪədɪˈsiːən/ Somebody from Laodicea … Wiktionary
Laodicean — n. one who is lukewarm, one who is apathetic, one who is indifferent (especially about religion) adj. lukewarm, apathetic (especially about religion) … English contemporary dictionary
Laodicean — [ˌleɪə(ʊ)dɪ si:ən] archaic adjective half hearted or indifferent, especially with respect to religion or politics. noun a person with such an attitude. Origin C17: from L. Laodicea in Asia Minor, with ref. to the early Christians there (Rev.… … English new terms dictionary
laodicean — la·od·i·ce·an … English syllables
Laodicean — La•od•i•ce•an [[t]leɪˌɒd əˈsi ən, ˌleɪ ə də [/t]] adj. 1) rel lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea 2) rel such a lukewarm or indifferent person • Etymology: 1605–15 … From formal English to slang
Laodicean — Being lax in one s religious beliefs or indifferent to religion … Grandiloquent dictionary