Definition of laic in English:

laic

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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪɪk
 
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formal

adjective

  • Of the laity; secular.
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    • From 1850 until the national legislation proposed by Jules Ferry in 1880 forbade tuition in all public primary schools, a substantially higher percentage of students in Catholic schools paid no tuition compared to those in laic schools.
    • As the system reached completion, Catholic schools were not simply sharing in educational growth but actually taking students away from laic teachers.
    • Here, as everywhere it is very favourable to congregational schools but generally it does not make open war on laic institutions.

noun

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  • A person who is not a member of the clergy; a layperson.
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    • As a married laic whose past is now being exposed in the media, his lawyer suggests psychiatric counseling that can be possibly entered in his defense.

Derivatives

laical

adjective

laically

adverb

Origin

mid 16th century: from late Latin laicus (see lay2).

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