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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

LATITUDINARIAN: "Having or expressing broad and tolerant views, especially in religious matters"

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latitudinarian \lat-uh-too-din-AIR-ee-un; -tyoo-\, adjective:

1. Having or expressing broad and tolerant views, especially in religious matters.

2. A person who is broad-minded and tolerant; one who displays freedom in thinking, especially in religious matters.

3. [Often capitalized] A member of the Church of England, in the
time of Charles II, who adopted more liberal notions in respect to the
authority, government, and doctrines of the church than generally

More was nothing like his supposed example, the gently latitudinarian
Cicero, for instance: Cicero's philosophical and religious dialogues
(as opposed to his legal and political speeches, of course) often read
as if he delighted in being contradicted, while More's are spittingly
-- Caleb Crain, American Sympathy

. . .the optimism preached in England by latitudinarians trying to soften the Puritan concepts of an inscrutable, cruel God and an abject, fallen humanity.
-- James Wood, The Broken Estate

Latitudinarian comes from Latin latitudo, latitudin-, "latitude" (from latus, "broad, wide") + the suffix -arian. Entry and Pronunciation for latitudinarian

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