Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Laodicea.
  • adjective Indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion.
  • noun A native or inhabitant of Laodicea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Laodicea, an ancient city of Phrygia Major (now Eski-hissar), or to its inhabitants.
  • Like the Christians of Laodicea; lukewarm in religion.
  • noun An inhabitant of Laodicea.
  • noun One who resembles the Laodicean Christians in character; a lukewarm Christian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Laodicea, a city in Phrygia Major; like the Christians of Laodicea; lukewarm in religion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective pertaining to Laodicea
  • adjective lukewarm, neither hot nor cold (with reference to Revelation 3:16)
  • noun Somebody from Laodicea

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Adj., sense 2, in reference to Revelation 3:14–16.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin Laodicea, from Ancient Greek Λαοδικεια (Laodikeia), a city in Asia Minor.

Examples

  • The eighth grader won the competition after correctly spelling the word Laodicean, which she was told means "lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics."

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  • The religious meaning of the word Laodicean is a historical reference to an early Christian Church in ancient Rome whose members were tolerant of pagan faiths.

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  • But there is a road on the right of the hill be - fore you, called the Laodicean new road, which cannot but be approved by every judicious and discreet person.

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  • Last year, the winning word "Laodicean," which can mean lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics, was properly spelled by Kavya Shivashankar.

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  • WASHINGTON, DC (The Sportsman's Daily Wire Service) - Controversy clouded the victory of thirteen-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, who won the 82nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee when she spelled "Laodicean," meaning lukewarm or indifferent, especially in matters of religion.

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  • Kavya aced the word 'Laodicean' (lay-OD-uh-CEE-uhn) Thursday night to win the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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  • Kan., won by correctly spelling the word "Laodicean" in the 16th round of the competition.

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  • The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to "Laodicean" to become the nation's spelling champion.

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  • "Laodicean" has therefore entered the English language as a word meaning "indifferent" or

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