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laic Line breaks: laic
Pronunciation: /ˈleɪɪk/

Definition of laic in English:


Of the laity; secular.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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A person who is not a member of the clergy; a layperson.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈleɪɪk(ə)l/


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

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