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1secular \’se-kyə-lər\ adjective

  1. a: of or relating to the worldly or temporal <secular concerns>; b: not overtly or specifically religious <secular music>; c: not ecclesiastical or clerical <secular courts> <secular landowners>
  2. not bound by monastic vows or rules; specifically: of, relating to, or forming clergy not belonging to a religious order or congregation <a secular priest>
  3. a: occurring once in an age or a century; b: existing or continuing through ages or centuries; c: of or relating to a long term of indefinite duration <secular inflation>

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Anglo-French seculer, from Late Latin saecularis, from saeculum the present world, from Latin, generation, age, century, world; akin to Welsh hoedl lifetime [14th century]
-secularity noun
secularly adverb

2secular \’se-kyə-lər\ noun

  1. a secular ecclesiastic (as a diocesan priest)
  2. layman

ETYMOLOGY: [14th century]

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Intensely Secular
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Definition retrieved from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary on 5 November 2009.