American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Holding or expressing broad or tolerant views, especially in religious matters.
- n. A member of a group of Anglican Christians active from the 17th through the 19th century who were opposed to dogmatic positions of the Church of England and allowed reason to inform theological interpretation and judgment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Embracing a wide circle or range; having free scope; not conforming to a strict code of morals; roving; libertine.
- Characterized by latitude or independence of thought, or by forbearance from strict insistence upon the usual standards of belief or opinion; especially, not rigidly strict in religious principles or views; tolerant of free-thinking or heresy: as, latitudinarian opinions or doctrines. The word is generally used opprobriously. It is specifically applied in church history to certain Episcopal divines of the seventeenth century (see below), but in later time to all who regard specific creeds, methods of church government, and forms of worship with comparative indifference.
- n. In. Eng. church hist., one of a school of Episcopal divines who in the seventeenth century strove to unito the dissenters with the Episcopal Church by insisting only on those doctrines which were held in common by both, and who, while they maintained the wisdom of the episcopal form of government and ritual, denied their divine origin and authority.
- n. Hence, in later times, one who regards with comparative indifference specific creeds, methods of church government, and forms of public worship: generally used opprobriously.
- adj. Tolerant, especially of other people's religious views.
- n. A person who is tolerant of others' religious views.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits.
- adj. Indifferent to a strict application of any standard of belief or opinion; hence, deviating more or less widely from such standard; lax in doctrine
- adj. Lax in moral or religious principles.
- n. One who is moderate in his notions, or not restrained by precise settled limits in opinion; one who indulges freedom in thinking.
- n. (Eng. Eccl. Hist.) A member of the Church of England, in the time of Charles II., who adopted more liberal notions in respect to the authority, government, and doctrines of the church than generally prevailed.
- n. (Theol.) One who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy.
- adj. unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)
- n. a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
- Latin latitudo ("latitude") + -arian (Wiktionary)
- Latin lātitūdō, lātitūdin-, latitude; see latitude + -arian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Arminianism became a positive aid to the growth of toleration in England; for it became what was called latitudinarian, -- that is, broad in temper, inclusive in spirit, and desirous of bringing all the nation within the limits of one harmonizing and noble-minded church.”
“Several of the bishops were, in fact, "latitudinarian" or "Arminian" in doctrine, wanderers from the severity of Knox and Calvin.”
“latitudinarian" novels constitute a remarkable portion of the recent romantic literature of Germany, we perceive has entered a convent.”
“See J.G. E. Pocock's typically conclusive summary: The ideal of politeness had first appeared in the restoration, where it formed part of the latitudinarian campaign to replace prophetic by sociable religiosity.”
“But a Justice who subscribes to the view that the Constitution's makers intended the judiciary to be the prime headwind against impetuous and myopic Congresses and Presidents will readily embrace latitudinarian interpretations of the text to fulfill the judicial role and blunt the political branches, he says.”
“Given my general position on constitutional interpretation, I certainly don't want to argue, as a theoretical matter, that the Impeachment Clause might not be open to the latitudinarian interpretations suggested by some of the contributors to this thread.”
“The Church of England's latitudinarian moderation could satisfy the mind but it could not reach the heart. p.”
“Lucy the fanaticism of some of her own communion, while she intimated, rather than expressed, horror at the latitudinarian principles which she had been taught to think connected with the prelatical form of church government.”
“I take a very latitudinarian view of poetry — and literature.”
“Follow God's command to the limit allowed by the Constitution, yes -- and I am fairly latitudinarian about where that limit is -- but no further.”
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