Origin of secular
Examples from the Web for secular
He advocates a secular regime with a total separation of religion form the government.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So here, for your Christmas Eve pleasure, are 20 of my favorites, 10 from the ecclesiastical division and 10 secular.
From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.
That is what conservative organizations, religious and secular, have done for centuries.
A secular police state well practiced in suppressing internal challenges.
The clergy are always enraged when an attempt is made to subject them to the secular power.Letters To Eugenia|Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
Seclude thyself from the turmoil of secular affairs and often even from talk with thy brethren.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
The danger, then, was the spirit of passionate revolt against the secular power.Lux Mundi|Various
Such they are to the Christian world, and such, by the law of common usage, they are to the secular world.The Christ|John Eleazer Remsburg
Such have been the characteristics always of the secular wars between the British and the French.The German War|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for secular
- having no particular religious affinities
- not including compulsory religious studies or services
Word Origin for secular
Word Origin and History for secular
c.1300, "living in the world, not belonging to a religious order," also "belonging to the state," from Old French seculer (Modern French séculier), from Late Latin saecularis "worldly, secular, pertaining to a generation or age," from Latin saecularis "of an age, occurring once in an age," from saeculum "age, span of time, generation."
According to Watkins, this is probably from PIE *sai-tlo-, with instrumental element *-tlo- + *sai- "to bind, tie" (see sinew), extended metaphorically to successive human generations as links in the chain of life. Another theory connects it with words for "seed," from PIE root *se- "to sow" (see sow (v.), and cf. Gothic mana-seþs "mankind, world," literally "seed of men").
Used in ecclesiastical writing like Greek aion "of this world" (see cosmos). It is source of French siècle. Ancient Roman ludi saeculares was a three-day, day-and-night celebration coming once in an "age" (120 years). In English, in reference to humanism and the exclusion of belief in God from matters of ethics and morality, from 1850s.
Culture definitions for secular
Not concerned with religion or religious matters. Secular is the opposite of sacred.