/lay od'euh see"euhn, lay'euh deuh-/, adj.
1. lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea.
2. a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion.
[1605-15; LAODICE(A) + -AN]

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