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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


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.


Similarlaic, lay, profanatory, secular

See alsoearthly, impious, secular, temporal, worldly


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

SamplesThe secular clergy.


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


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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