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1. Of or relating to Laodicea.
2. Indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion.
A native or inhabitant of Laodicea.

[Adj., sense 2, in reference to Revelation 3:14-16.]
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lukewarm and indifferent, esp in religious matters
a person having a lukewarm attitude towards religious matters
[C17: referring to the early Christians of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14–16)]
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(leɪˌɒd əˈsi ən, ˌleɪ ə də-)

1. lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea.
2. such a lukewarm or indifferent person.
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