Meaning of adiaphoron in English:


Pronunciation /ˌadɪˈafərɒn/


  • Usually in plural. An issue or practice not considered to be central to a religion, especially Christianity; a religious matter that allows latitude; a non-essential element of a faith. Also: something of a morally neutral nature; a thing which is neither inherently good nor bad.

    Frequently with reference to the practices considered as adiaphora by the moderate Lutherans in 16th century. Germany.


  • In predicative use. Of the nature of an adiaphoron or adiaphora.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Taverner (?1505–1575), translator and evangelical reformer. From post-classical Latin adiaphoron (usually in plural, adiaphora) from ancient Greek ἀδιάϕορον (usually in plural, ἀδιάϕορα), something neither good nor bad, use as noun of neuter of ἀδιάϕορος indifferent.