Definition of Laodicean in English:


Line breaks: Lao¦di|cean
Pronunciation: /ˌleɪə(ʊ)dɪˈsiːən


  • Half-hearted or indifferent, especially with respect to religion or politics: this Laodicean cant of tolerance
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    • James thus allows a confessed murderess to denounce not only the weakling prelate but also the great preponderance of Christians who share his Laodicean faith: ‘Poor bishop!’
    • At the same time, we want it understood that ours is not the Laodicean center of Revelation 3.
    • As for the Laodicean moderates such as Mr. B and his counterparts on the right, they will, in their broadly middle way, continue to grumble incoherently about this and that.


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  • A person with a Laodicean attitude.
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    • ‘And when this epistle [see Epistles] is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea’ (Colossians 4: 10-16 KJV).
    • Like the Laodiceans, we may even congratulate ourselves on having ‘need of nothing’ - not knowing that spiritually speaking we are ‘wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked’.
    • Living intimately with the world, they have become prosperous in the eyes of the Laodiceans but poor and naked in the eyes of God and the author.


early 17th century: from Latin Laodicea in Asia Minor, with reference to the early Christians there (Rev. 3:16), + -an.

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