the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy.
the people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it: the medical ignorance of the laity.
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How to use laity in a sentence
Many ex-members I spoke with felt like financial matters were off limits from the laity.
The nuns were forbidden to visit the laity in Romsey, and other like ordinances were enjoined.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey | Thomas Perkins
The magistrates and the laity insisted that the clergy must bear their share of the common burden.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
The laity are awaking to the fact that priests are strenuously endeavouring to quench the light of reason in the fogs of faith.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
This answer would be exhaustive, if it were the fact that the laity made the law for the theologians.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
Formamint Tablets are widely advertised and extravagantly exploited to the laity in Great Britain.
British Dictionary definitions for laity
laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
all people not of a specific occupation
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