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  1. Also la·i·cal. lay; secular.
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  1. one of the laity.
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Origin of laic

1555–65; < Late Latin lāicus < Greek lāikós of the people, equivalent to lā(ós) people + -ikos -ic
Related formsla·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • But I charge thee to beware of laic reason and human impulses.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for laic


adjective Also: laical
  1. of or involving the laity; secular
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  1. a rare word for layman
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Derived Formslaically, adverblaicism, noun

Word Origin

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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