of or relating to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
not pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to sacred): secular music.
(of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.
(of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order; not bound by monastic vows (opposed to regular).
occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.
going on from age to age; continuing through long ages.
one of the secular clergy.
- sec·u·lar·ly, adverb
- non·sec·u·lar, adjective
- pre·sec·u·lar, adjective
- su·per·sec·u·lar, adjective
- su·per·sec·u·lar·ly, adverb
- un·sec·u·lar, adjective
- un·sec·u·lar·ly, adverb
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How to use secular in a sentence
As early as 1524, Martin Luther not only emphasized the need for parents to ensure their children’s literacy but also placed the responsibility for creating schools on secular governments.Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain - Issue 96: Rewired | Joseph Henrich | February 17, 2021 | Nautilus
Her soundtracks include many secular songs with names like “Hallelujah,” “Higher Love,” and “Hey Soul Sister” and a light sprinkle of songs from overtly Christian artists including Tauren Wells and Steven Curtis Chapman.Peloton makes toning your glutes feel spiritual. But should Jesus be part of the experience? | Michelle Boorstein | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Within that fallen government were individuals who had been working to draft a secular constitution that reserved no place for a Supreme Leader, which 42 years later remains the greatest obstacle in the way of democracy.The U.S. Capitol Attacked Reminded Me of the 1979 US Embassy Seizure and What Happens When Extremism Wins | Roya Hakakian | January 19, 2021 | Time
These provided a place for the performance of religious ceremonies and other nonsecular functions.Aztec Ruins National Monument--New Mexico | John M. Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for secular
of or relating to worldly as opposed to sacred things; temporal
not concerned with or related to religion
not within the control of the Church
(of an education, etc)
having no particular religious affinities
not including compulsory religious studies or services
(of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order
occurring or appearing once in an age or century
lasting for a long time
astronomy occurring slowly over a long period of time: the secular perturbation of a planet's orbit
a member of the secular clergy
another word for layman
- secularly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for secular
Not concerned with religion or religious matters. Secular is the opposite of sacred.
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