lukewarm

Part of speech: adverb

LUKEWARMLY.

Part of speech: noun

LUKEWARMNESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Moderately warm; indifferent.

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Usage examples "lukewarm":

  1. Its enemies would long ago have given way, had we only banished from our own midst all lukewarm, indifferent persons, and all secret traitors. - "The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli", Johann Hottinger.
  2. When Mr. Gathorne Hardy was raised to the peerage at the crisis of the Eastern Question in 1878, and thereby vacated his seat for the University of Oxford, Henry Smith came forward as a candidate in the Liberal interest; but his language about the great controversy of the moment was so lukewarm that Professor Freeman said that, instead of sitting for Oxford in the House of Commons, he ought to represent Laodicea in the Parliament of Asia Minor. - "Collections and Recollections", George William Erskine Russell.
  3. For if, in going from Great Wit, you took to the right, you would reach Negligence, keeping on you would get to Inequality, from there you would pass to Lukewarm and Forgetfulness, and presently you would be on the lake of Indifference. - "Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern", Edgar Saltus.