Definition of Laodicean in English:



  • Half-hearted or indifferent, especially with respect to religion or politics.

    ‘this Laodicean cant of tolerance’
    • ‘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.’
    careless, lazy, lax, unenthusiastic, half-hearted, uninterested, lukewarm, indifferent, uncaring, unconcerned, casual, offhand, blasé, insouciant, leisurely, relaxed
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  • A person with a Laodicean attitude.

    • ‘‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’


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