Definition of secular in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkjʊlə


  • 2 Christian Church (Of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule; not belonging to or living in a monastic or other order. Contrasted with regular.
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    • The rate of recruitment is probably better than that of the secular clergy, but this may be because a large percentage of the monks do not go on to priesthood.
    • Individuals were chosen from different orders and secular clergy, but primarily they came from the Dominican Order.
    • Overall the role of regulars was diminished and that of secular clergy and even laymen enhanced.
  • 3 Astronomy Of or denoting slow changes in the motion of the sun or planets.
  • 4 Economics (Of a fluctuation or trend) occurring or persisting over an indefinitely long period: there is evidence that the slump is not cyclical but secular
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    • But the weakness in the U.S. manufacturing sector does not reflect a simple secular trend.
    • But if one focuses on the company's positive secular trends, the picture is different.
    • There are also other secular trends that are generating ominous forecasts about the prospects for much of the Third World.
  • 5Occurring once every century or similarly long period (used especially in reference to celebratory games in ancient Rome).


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  • A secular priest.
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    • Most priests were seculars, living in the world and working amongst ordinary people.
    • Since 90 per cent of clerical émigrés were seculars, the loss of parish clergy was not far short of a half.
    • In their dealings with the seculars, Marist clergy mistakenly gave the impression that they were ‘empire building’.



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  • The author also discusses issues like censorship, identity and secularism.
  • Indian secularism and process of Islamisation of Kashmir are incompatible.
  • The masses therefore had humoured Nehru out of respect for him without imbibing his concept of secularism.


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  • Do evangelicals and secularists want the same America?
  • Most of Mr. Pamuk's detractors belong to the political right wing, which in Turkey means that they are determined secularists.
  • San Diego citizens voted overwhelmingly yesterday to protect the cross at Mount Soledad, which has been under fire by secularists.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlarɪti/
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  • Modern secularity's hostility to Christianity results, not in belief in nothing, but in belief in anything.
  • So the Medium Lobster salutes Virgina's attempt to put a stop to creeping secularity in our private arrangements.
  • Serving as a melting pot of old and modern cultures, Fuzhou Road afforded a haven for thought with its mystery, romance and secularity.


Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also secularisation) noun
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  • I do not believe the transformation of the Muslim world in a democratic direction can be achieved through compulsory secularization.
  • Furthermore, its project of modernization, including secularization, also became a source of inspiration for many.
  • Well, I have tended to believe that all the talk about the secularization of Irish culture over the past 20 years must be well-founded.


(also secularise) verb
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  • He secularized his merchandise, gradually retiring the Bible stories in favor of genres that were selling to young postwar consumers.
  • But for a generation, we have been secularized in this country.
  • To be sure, this was a religious motif which, in the eighteenth century, was secularized to the point of banality.


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  • Prostitution in a secularly governed country is not an infringement upon the right of select religious factions.
  • I've done a lot of youth work not just through the church but secularly.
  • Western nations are supposed to be secularly run societies, living by a separation of church and state.


Middle English: sense 1 of the adjective, sense 2 of the adjective from Old French seculer, from Latin saecularis, from saeculum 'generation, age', used in Christian Latin to mean 'the world' (as opposed to the Church); sense 3 of the adjective, sense 4 of the adjective, sense 5 of the adjective (early 19th century) from Latin saecularis 'relating to an age or period'.

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