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secular

[ sek-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈsɛk yə lər /

adjective

noun

a layperson.
one of the secular clergy.

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Nearby words

sectionally, sector, sectoral, sectoranopia, sectorial, secular, secular humanism, secular tertiaries, secularism, secularist, secularity

Origin of secular

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin sēculāris, Late Latin saeculāris worldly, temporal (opposed to eternal), Latin: of an age, equivalent to Latin saecul(um) long period of time + -āris -ar1; replacing Middle English seculer < Old French < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for un-secular

secular

/ (ˈsɛkjʊlə) /

adjective

noun

a member of the secular clergy
another word for layman
Derived Formssecularly, adverb

Word Origin for secular

C13: from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris temporal, from Latin: concerning an age, from saeculum an age
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Word Origin and History for un-secular

secular


adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for un-secular

secular

[ (sek-yuh-luhr) ]

Not concerned with religion or religious matters. Secular is the opposite of sacred.

Note

Secularization refers to the declining influence of religion and religious values within a given culture. Secular humanism means, loosely, a belief in human self-sufficiency.
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