One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Allowing latitude in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship.
tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened, forbearingView synonyms
- ‘Surges of fashionable liberalism such as latitudinarian complacency in the early part of the century drew the fire of much satirical scepticism.’
- ‘New Hampshire, first settled by New England Congregationalists and by more latitudinarian Anglican colonists, was chartered in 1679.’
- ‘Like their English counterparts, American latitudinarian Anglicans, such as Alexander Garden, also shaped Enlightened Dissent.’
- ‘In specifying severe judgment, as is widely recommended, are the bishops engaged in a form of retribution for having erred in the past by latitudinarian excess?’
- ‘Scholars describe the Leverett curriculum as ‘catholick,’ meaning that the tutors adopted a latitudinarian stance on many doctrinal issues.’
- ‘But the swelling tide of latitudinarian theology and sentiment made it seem innocuous enough to most.’
A person with a latitudinarian attitude.
- ‘Nor did he appeal at all to live-and-let-live latitudinarians.’
- ‘His reputation was as a conciliator and latitudinarian, anxious not to oppress the dissenters.’
- ‘However, the writings of latitudinarians Tillotson, Stillingfleet, and Wilkins received the most accolades.’
- ‘His ecumenical disposition tends toward the latitudinarian, although he has clarified that he does think there may still be church-dividing differences between Catholics and Lutherans.’
- ‘Wishy-washy latitudinarians that we are, the editors emphasize that each group is independent and works out whatever works best for participants.’
- ‘It is a commonplace to associate the low view of the episcopate not only with latitudinarians, but also with nineteenth-century evangelicals.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin latitudo ‘breadth’ (see latitude) + -arian. The term was first applied in a derogatory sense to more liberal and tolerant Anglican clerics.
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