adiaphoron

noun ad·i·aph·o·ron \ˌa-dē-ˈa-fə-ˌrän, -rən\

Definition of adiaphoron

plural

adiaphora

\ˌa-dē-ˈa-fə-rə\
  1. 1 Stoic philosophy :  a matter having no moral merit or demerit

  2. 2 :  a religious ceremonial or ritual observance that is held to be an affair of the individual conscience because it is neither forbidden nor enjoined by the scriptures

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Origin and Etymology of adiaphoron

Greek, from neuter of adiaphoros indifferent, from a- 2a- + diaphora difference, from diapherein to carry across, bear to the end, make a difference, from dia- + pherein to bear — more at bear


First Known Use: 1538


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