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 (lā′ĭk) also la·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to the laity; secular.
A layperson.

[Late Latin lāicus; see lay2.]

la′i·cal·ly adv.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or involving the laity; secular
a rare word for layman
[C15: from Late Latin lāicus lay3]
ˈlaically adv
ˈlaicism n


(ˈleɪ ɪk)

1. Also, la′i•cal. lay; secular.
2. one of the laity.
[1555–65; < Late Latin lāicus < Greek lāikós of the people =lā(ós) people + -ikos -ic]
la′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.laic - characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
profane, secular - not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
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If she's mad with her, she eats one before her face, and doesn't offer even a suck.
Louise heard him go out of the house and had a mad desire to run after him.
Edna wondered if they had all gone mad, to be talking and clamoring at that rate.
Had the poor boy suddenly gone mad, or was this vicarious farewell a part of the courtship of Devil's Ford?
Some malevolent spirit, doing his utmost to drive Hepzibah mad, unrolled before her imagination a kind of panorama, representing the great thoroughfare of a city all astir with customers.
But, under the leaden infliction which it was her doom to endure, she felt, at moments, as if she must needs shriek out with the full power of her lungs, and cast herself from the scaffold down upon the ground, or else go mad at once.
And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad, and I've no idea of sleeping with a madman; and you, sir, you I mean, landlord, you, sir, by trying to induce me to do so knowingly, would thereby render yourself liable to a criminal prosecution.
says the old governor, "What business is that of yours," says the devil, getting mad, --"I want to use him.
Remember how few minutes I was at Randalls, and in how bewildered, how mad a state: and I am not much better yet; still insane either from happiness or misery.
Then with a cry Nada sprang up and fled along the path which Umslopogaas had taken, and after her leapt and ran the mad woman.
It had been the spring, it will be remembered, that had prompted them to go on pilgrimage; and me, too, the spring was filling with strange, undefinable longings, and though I flattered myself that I had set out in pursuance of a definitely taken resolve, I had really no more freedom in the matter than the children who followed at the heels of the mad piper.
Well, if they are not mad, will you explain what it means?