plural adiaphora
Stoic philosophy : a matter having no moral merit or demerit
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adiaphoron was in 1538

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“Adiaphoron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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