- Also la·i·cal. lay; secular.
- one of the laity.
Origin of laic
1555–65; < Late Latin lāicus < Greek lāikós of the people, equivalent to lā(ós) people + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for laic
Its laic element was strong and was emphasised from the beginning.Hugh Miller
William Keith Leask
About gardening he understood as little as a laic about the secrets of the Church.Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)
But I charge thee to beware of laic reason and human impulses.The Knight of the Golden Melice
John Turvill Adams
They are very easily alienated from all the higher orders of their subjects, whether civil or military, laic or ecclesiastical.
M. Delahaye continued: It is well to notice that laic has two meanings.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906
Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
- of or involving the laity; secular
- a rare word for layman
C15: from Late Latin lāicus lay ³
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Word Origin and History for laic
1560s, from French laïque (16c.), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos "of or belonging to the people," from laos "people" (see lay (adj.)).
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