Definitions

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  • n. The property of being lukewarm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being lukewarm, literally or figuratively; tepidness; indifference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of passion, force or animation
  • n. a warmness resembling the temperature of the skin

Etymologies

lukewarm +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They may call their lukewarmness charity, meekness, moderation, and a largeness of soul; it is nauseous to

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Judging from the night we were present, that support has been extended with a degree of lukewarmness which is exactly proportionate to the effect produced by the appeals of actors when misfortune overtakes them.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, August 7, 1841

  • But I would lay upon all our hearts the plain, practical lesson that, if we keep in that tepid region of lukewarmness which is the utmost approach to tropical heat that moral and religious questions are capable of raising in many of us, good-bye to all chance of being 'great in the sight of the Lord.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Luke

  • It may be some one of our original stock of sins not yet mortified; or some new sin into which we have recently fallen; or some relaxation of our spiritual life, out of which has arisen, perhaps, one dangerous temptation, such as lukewarmness, selfishness, or vainglory.

    Sermons. Volume Third.

  • It is also the result of our own complacency and lukewarmness.

    Rev. Emily C. Heath: Mainline Christianity's PR Problem

  • Know, my son, and make all others know, that it is a probable and proximate sign of eternal damnation to have an aversion, a lukewarmness, or a negligence in saying the Angelical Salutation, which has repaired the whole world.

    Archive 2009-06-14

  • Keep in mind they past life and present lukewarmness, to bewail them, and what is still wanting to thee for thy going into heaven, that thou mayest live in fear, which is a source of great blessings.

    Archive 2009-04-26

  • Can it be denied that Thebes refused to take part with you in the campaign against your direst enemy, the democracy in Piraeus; and balanced that lukewarmness by on onslaught on the Phocians, whose sole crime was cordiality to yourselves?

    Hellenica

  • For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • --, The sin and danger of lukewarmness: A sermon, preached at the opening of the nave of the parish church of Leamington Priors, on Thursday, the ninth of May, 1844, new ed.

    The Little Professor:

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