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Apr 15, 2005
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Words relating to religion

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pontificate
colporteur
catholicity
hagiarchy
latitudinarian

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latitudinarian

(lat-i-TOOD-n-ar-ee-uhn, -TYOOD-) Pronunciation RealAudio

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

[From Latin latitudin-, stem of latitudo (breadth), from latus (broad).]

"[Lord Cornbury's] Whig rivals were more libertarian in their politics and tended to be more latitudinarian in their religion and morals."
Alan Taylor; Devil in a Blue Dress; The New Republic (Washington, DC); Aug 3, 1998.

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

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Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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