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Latitudinarian

[la-də-t(y)oo-dn-ER-ee-ən]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid 17th century

1.

Allowing latitude in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship.

Examples of Latitudinarian in a sentence

"Dan adopted a latitudinarian attitude so his children could seek out their own paths."

"Some houses of worship embrace a modern, latitudinarian stance."

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About Latitudinarian

This word comes from the Latin “latitudo, meaning “breadth,” plus the “-arian” suffix, which denotes a concern or belief in a specified thing.

Did you Know?

In modern times, being called a latitudinarian is likely to be a compliment. But that wasn’t always the case — the word was originally used in a derogatory fashion to describe more liberal, tolerant Anglican clerics.

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