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la·i·ty

 (lā′ĭ-tē)
n.
1. Laypeople considered as a group.
2. All those persons who are not members of a given profession or other specialized field.

[Middle English laite, from lay, of the laity; see lay2.]

laity

(ˈleɪɪtɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
2. all people not of a specific occupation
[C16: from lay3]

la•i•ty

(ˈleɪ ɪ ti)

n.
1. the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy.
2. the people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it.
[1535–45; lay3 + -ity]

Laity

 laymen collectively, 1616; non-professional in contrast with professionals in certain areas of work.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laity - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
hoi polloi, masses, the great unwashed, multitude, people, mass - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
layman, layperson, secular - someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Translations
laïcat

laity

[ˈleɪɪtɪ] N the laitylos seglares, los legos

laity

[ˈleɪɪti] nlaïques mpl

laity

n
(= laymen)Laienstand m, → Laien pl
(= those outside a profession)Laien pl

laity

[ˈleɪɪtɪ] collective n the laity (as opposed to the clergy) → i laici, il laicato; (as opposed to professionals) → i non appartenenti ad una categoria professionale

laity

n. [nonprofessional] lego.
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That said, Luria's treatment of Le Camus does illustrate the dangers of emphasizing the regulatory powers of the episcopacy to the detriment of an appreciation of the spirit of resistance of local laities.