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English adjective: secular

1. secular of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations

2. secular characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world


SamplesWorldly goods and advancement.
Temporal possessions of the church.


Synonymstemporal, worldly


Similareconomic, material, materialistic, mercenary, mundane, terrestrial, worldly-minded


See alsoearthly, profane, secular, sophisticated


Antonymsunworldly

3. secular not concerned with or devoted to religion


SamplesSacred and profane music.
Secular drama.
Secular architecture.
Children being brought up in an entirely profane environment.


Synonymsprofane


Similarlaic, lay, profanatory, secular


See alsoearthly, impious, secular, temporal, worldly


Antonymssacred

4. secular of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows


SamplesThe secular clergy.


Antonymsreligious

5. secular characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy


SamplesSet his collar in laic rather than clerical position.
The lay ministry.


Synonymslaic, lay


Similarprofane, secular


Antonymssacred


English noun: secular

1. secular (person) someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person


Synonymslayman, layperson


Broader (hypernym)common man, common person, commoner


Narrower (hyponym)lay reader


Member meronymlaity, temporalty


Antonymsclergyman, man of the cloth, reverend









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