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Jan 30, 2018
This week’s theme
Words that turn into another when a letter is added or removed at the top

This week’s words
olid
latitudinarian
fuliginous
emesis
tautologous

latitudinarian
“The Principles and Practices of Certain Moderate Divines of the Church of England, Abusively Called Latitudinarians (Greatly Misunderstood)”

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latitudinarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(lat-i-tood-uh-NAY-ree-uhn, -tyood-)

MEANING:
adjective: Holding broad and tolerant views, especially on matters of religion.
noun: One who is broadminded and tolerant, especially concerning religion.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin latitudo (breadth), from latus (broad). Earliest documented use: 1662.

USAGE:
“Contrary to the popular view of Muslims as dogmatic, however, a large majority of those living in America take a latitudinarian approach to Islam and the Koran. Pew found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) ‘openly acknowledge that there is room for multiple interpretations’ of their religion, and just over half of all US Muslims agree that ‘traditional understandings of Islam must be reinterpreted to reflect contemporary issues.’”
Jeff Jacoby; When America’s Melting Pot Works; Boston Globe; Sep 3, 2017.

See more usage examples of latitudinarian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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