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


  • IPA(key): /leɪədɪˈsiːən/


Laodicean (comparative more Laodicean, superlative most Laodicean)

  1. pertaining to Laodicea
  2. lukewarm, neither hot nor cold (with reference to Revelation 3:16)
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
      The baths were mostly tiled showers, with an endless variety of spouting mechanisms, but with one definitely non-Laodicean characteristic in common, a propensity, while in use, to turn instantly beastly hot or blindingly cold upon you, depending on whether your neighbor turned on his cold or his hot to deprive you of a necessary complement in the shower you had so carefully blended.


Laodicean (plural Laodiceans)

  1. Somebody from Laodicea