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sec·u·lar

 (sĕk′yə-lər)
adj.
1.
a. Worldly rather than spiritual: the secular affairs of the parish.
b. Not relating to religion or to a religious body; nonreligious: secular music.
c. Not bound by the full monastic rule of a religious order. Used of clergy.
2. Relating to or advocating secularism.
3.
a. Occurring or observed once in an age or century, as games in ancient Rome.
b. Lasting or persisting for a long time: a secular bear market.
c. Astronomy Of or relating to characteristics of astronomical phenomena that change slowly over time.
n.
1. A member of the secular clergy.
2. A layperson.

[Middle English, from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris, from Latin, of an age, from saeculum, generation, age.]

sec′u·lar·ly adv.

secular

(ˈsɛkjʊlə)
adj
1. of or relating to worldly as opposed to sacred things; temporal
2. not concerned with or related to religion
3. not within the control of the Church
4. (Education) (of an education, etc)
a. having no particular religious affinities
b. not including compulsory religious studies or services
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order
6. occurring or appearing once in an age or century
7. lasting for a long time
8. (Astronomy) astronomy occurring slowly over a long period of time: the secular perturbation of a planet's orbit.
n
9. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of the secular clergy
10. another word for layman
[C13: from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris temporal, from Latin: concerning an age, from saeculum an age]
ˈsecularly adv

sec•u•lar

(ˈsɛk yə lər)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things not regarded as sacred; temporal.
2. not relating to or concerned with religion (opposed to sacred): secular music.
3. concerned with nonreligious subjects: secular schools.
4. not belonging to a religious order; not bound by monastic vows (opposed to regular).
5. occurring or celebrated once in an age or century.
6. continuing throughout the ages.
n.
7. a layperson.
8. one of the secular clergy.
[1250–1300; Middle English seculer (< Old French) < Late Latin saeculāris worldly, temporal (opposed to eternal), Latin: of an age < Latin saecul(um) long period of time]
sec′u•lar•ly, adv.

secular

- Has a root meaning of "temporal"—opposed to the eternity of the church—and means "not connected to a religion."
See also related terms for religion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.secular - someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
laity, temporalty - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
lay reader - a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church
Adj.1.secular - of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
2.secular - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
earthly - of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven; "earthly beings"; "believed that our earthly life is all that matters"; "earthly love"; "our earthly home"
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"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"
3.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"
earthly - of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven; "earthly beings"; "believed that our earthly life is all that matters"; "earthly love"; "our earthly home"
impious - lacking piety or reverence for a god
worldly, secular, temporal - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
4.secular - of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows; "the secular clergy"
religious - of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows; "the religious or regular clergy conducts the service"
5.secular - 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"

secular

adjective worldly, state, lay, earthly, civil, temporal, profane, laic, nonspiritual, laical secular and religious education
religious, spiritual, holy, sacred, divine, theological

secular

adjective
1. Relating to or characteristic of the earth or of human life on earth:
2. Not religious in subject matter, form, or use:
Translations
عِلْماني
světský
sekulærverdslig
aikaväliajallinenmaallinenpitkäsekulaarinen
veraldlegur
laicīgspasaulīgs
posveten
dinsel olmayanlâik

secular

[ˈsekjʊləʳ] ADJ [authority] → laico; [writings, music] → profano; [priest] → secular, seglar
secular schoolescuela f laica

secular

[ˈsɛkjʊr] adj [world, society, state, institute, government, press, group] → laïque

secular

adjweltlich, säkular; music, artprofan; court, educationweltlich; statesäkular; secular priestWeltgeistliche(r) mf

secular

[ˈsɛkjʊləʳ] adj (authority, school) → laico/a; (writings, music) → profano/a; (clergy) → secolare

secular

(ˈsekjulə) adjective
not spiritual or religious. secular art/music.
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