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Meaning & Definition of Secular in English

English

Secular

/sɛkjələr/

noun

1. Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

    synonym:
  • layman
  • ,
  • layperson
  • ,
  • secular

adjective

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

    synonym:
  • secular

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

  • "Worldly goods and advancement"
  • "Temporal possessions of the church"
    synonym:
  • worldly
  • ,
  • secular
  • ,
  • temporal

3. Not concerned with or devoted to religion

  • "Sacred and profane music"
  • "Secular drama"
  • "Secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
    synonym:
  • profane
  • ,
  • secular

4. Of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows

  • "The secular clergy"
    synonym:
  • secular

5. Characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

  • "Set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"
  • "The lay ministry"
    synonym:
  • laic
  • ,
  • lay
  • ,
  • secular

Examples of using

Education should be rigid when explaining to young children that differences exist and have to be respected — therefore the importance of a secular and impartial state.