secular


secular
['sɛkjʊlə]
adjective
1》 not religious, sacred, or spiritual.
2》 Christian Church not subject to or bound by religious rule. Contrasted with regular.
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.
5》 occurring once every century or similarly long period (used especially in reference to celebratory games in ancient Rome).
noun a secular priest.
Derivatives
secularism noun
secularist noun
secularity noun
secularization or secularisation noun
secularize or secularise verb
secularly adverb
Origin
ME: senses 1 and 2 from OFr. seculer, from L. saecularis, from saeculum 'generation', used in Christian L. to mean 'the world'; senses 3, 4, and 5 (C19) from L. saecularis 'relating to an age or period'.

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  • Secular — Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular year was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secular — SECULÁR, Ă, seculari, e, adj. 1. Care durează mai multe secole, care are o vechime de unul sau de mai multe secole; p. ext. extrem de vechi, străvechi. 2. (livr.) Laic. – Din fr. séculaire, lat. saecularis. Trimis de LauraGellner, 21.07.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • secular — adjetivo 1. Que no es religioso o eclesiástico: tribunal secular. Sinónimo: seglar. 2. [sacerdote católico] que no vive en ningún convento sujeto a una regla, o no es miembro de ninguna orden religiosa: sacerdote secular. clero* secular …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • secular — (Del lat. seculāris). 1. adj. seglar. 2. Que sucede o se repite cada siglo. 3. Que dura un siglo, o desde hace siglos. 4. Dicho de un sacerdote o del clero: Que vive en el siglo, a distinción del que vive en clausura. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.) ☛ …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • secular — [sek′yə lər] adj. [ME seculer < OFr < LL(Ec) saecularis, worldly, profane, heathen < L, of an age < saeculum, an age, generation < IE * seitlo < base * sei , to scatter, SOW2] 1. a) of or relating to worldly things as… …   English World dictionary

  • Secular — Sec u*lar, n. 1. (Eccl.) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir. Busby. [1913 Webster] 3. A layman, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secular — (adj.) late 13c., living in the world, not belonging to a religious order, also belonging to the state, from O.Fr. seculer, from L.L. saecularis worldly, secular, from L. saecularis of an age, occurring once in an age, from saeculum age, span of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • secular — adj. 2 g. 1. Relativo a século. 2. Que se repete de cem em cem anos. 3. Que dura há muitos séculos, que é muito antigo. 4. Civil; mundano. • s. m. 5. Leigo; aquele que não está sujeito a nenhuma ordem religiosa. 6. braço secular: a justiça civil …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • secular — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not religious, sacred, or spiritual. 2) (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule. 3) Astronomy denoting slow changes in the motion of the sun or planets. 4) Economics (of a fluctuation or trend) occurring or persisting …   English terms dictionary

  • Secular... — Secular..., (v. lat.), s. Säcular …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • secular — index civil (public), material (physical), mundane, profane Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary