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[ley-od-uh-see-uh n, ley-uh-duh-] /leɪˌɒd əˈsi ən, ˌleɪ ə də-/

lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of .
a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion.
lukewarm and indifferent, esp in religious matters
a person having a lukewarm attitude towards religious matters

“lukewarm in religion,” 1560s, from Laodicea, Syrian city (modern Latakia) whose early Christians were chastised in the Bible for indifference to their religion [Rev. iii:14-16]. The city is said to be named for the 3c B.C.E. Syrian queen Laodice, wife of Antiochus II.


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