Meaning of adiaphorist in English:


Pronunciation /ˌadɪˈaf(ə)rɪst/


  • 1Christian Church
    Any one of a group of moderate Lutherans led by Phillipp Melanchthon, who advocated certain issues and ceremonies to be considered as adiaphora and not central to the Protestant faith.

  • 2A person who holds that differences of religious belief are unimportant; one who allows latitude or flexibility with regard to religious matters; an indifferentist, a latitudinarian.


  • Of, relating to, or of the nature of an adiaphorist or adiaphorists; that allows latitude in religious matters.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Daus (c1516–1602), schoolmaster and translator. From post-classical Latin adiaphorista from adiaphorus indifferent + -ista.