• WordNet 3.6
    • adj secular of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows "the secular clergy"
    • adj secular not concerned with or devoted to religion "sacred and profane music","secular drama","secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
    • adj secular characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position","the lay ministry"
    • adj secular characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world "worldly goods and advancement","temporal possessions of the church"
    • adj secular of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
    • n secular someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Secular (Eccl) A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir.
    • Secular A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.
    • Secular (Eccl) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.
    • Secular Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical. "I speak of folk in secular estate."
    • Secular Coming or observed once in an age or a century. "The secular year was kept but once a century."
    • Secular (Eccl) Not regular; not bound by monastic vows or rules; not confined to a monastery, or subject to the rules of a religious community; as, a secular priest. "He tried to enforce a stricter discipline and greater regard for morals, both in the religious orders and the secular clergy."
    • Secular Of or pertaining to this present world, or to things not spiritual or holy; relating to temporal as distinguished from eternal interests; not immediately or primarily respecting the soul, but the body; worldly. "New foes arise,
      Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains."
    • Secular Pertaining to an age, or the progress of ages, or to a long period of time; accomplished in a long progress of time; as, secular inequality; the secular refrigeration of the globe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • secular Celebrated or occurring once in an age or a century.
    • secular Going on from age to age; accomplished or taking place in the course of ages; continued through an indefinite but long period of time; not recurrent or periodical, so far as known: as, secular change of the mean annual temperature; the secular cooling or refrigeration of the globe; the secular inequality in the motion of a planet. The last, however, is known to be periodical. It is called secular because, being dependent on the position of the orbits of the disturbing and disturbed bodies, not on the positions of the planets in the orbits, its period is excessively long.
    • secular Living for an age or ages; permanent.
    • secular Of or pertaining to the things of time or of this world, and dissociated from or having no concern with religious, spiritual, or sacred matters or uses; connected with or relating to the world or its affairs; concerned with mundane or temporal matters; temporal; worldly; profane: as. secular affairs; the secular press; secular education; secular music.
    • secular Lay, as opposed to clerical; civil. See def. 4.
    • secular Living in the world, not in the cloister; hence, not bound by monastic vows or rules, nor subject to a monastic order: used especially of parish priests and other non-monastic clergy, as distinguished from the monastic or regular clergy.
    • secular Synonyms Temporal, etc. see worldly.
    • n secular l. A layman.
    • n secular An ecclesiastic, such as a parish priest, who lives in the world and not in a monastery, is not subject to any monastic order or rule, and is bound only to celibacy; a secular priest: opposed to religious or regular.
    • n secular An unordained church officer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Secular sek′ū-lar pertaining to an age or generation: coming or observed only once in a century: permanent: lay or civil, as opposed to clerical:
    • n Secular a layman: an ecclesiastic, as a parish priest, not bound by monastic rules
    • adj Secular sek′ū-lar (geol.) gradually becoming appreciable in the course of ages: pertaining to the present world, or to things not spiritual: not bound by monastic rules
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  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.”
  • Ivan Illich
    Ivan Illich
    “The public school has become the established church of secular society.”
  • Alistair Cooke
    Alistair Cooke
    “Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. secular, seculer,. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum, a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul,: cf. F. séculier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. secularisseculum, an age, a generation.


In literature:

Both the spiritual and secular authorities approved of the attacks, which Zwingli made against him.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
As a relapsed heretic, he was "left to the secular arm" by Chicheley.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
This secular preferment, however, he absolutely refused.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
The religious interest and its duties joined themselves to those of secular life.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The boys practised secular music by way of change.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
In the eyes of the state, marriage is a secular matter.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
There is among them no separation into lay and secular.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The contest is necessary as a discipline in dealing with (1) the weaker brethren, (2) the enemy at the gate, and (3) the secular spirit.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
But secularization was in harmony with the growth of republican ideas.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
The convents have been suppressed, and in many cases converted to secular uses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

When Torquemada
Found a cat in the larder
He relinquished it without a qualm**
To the secular arm.
"Clerihew – Torquemada" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Within a sultry desert land,
Where neither flowers nor shadows are,
Hid to the breast in shifting sand
There stands an image secular.
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
I thought of this old man whose life was past,
Who in himself and his great office stood
Against the secular tempest as a vast
Oak spans the underwood;
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
a secular faith: he compares its dogmas
with his, and decides whether
he would like to see more of us. (Spotless rooms
where nothing's left lying about
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile
and pull the trigger. Anxieties
and animosities, flaming and feeding
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara

In news:

Spain is not officially secular , as most western states are.
Groups that plan to protest against the pope's trip, only the second in history, include atheists, secular organizations, and those who want the pope to be held legally responsible for the sexual abuse scandals.
On the plane, Benedict expressed understanding for secular traditions, but added that, nonetheless, "Religion and politics must be open to each other.".
And the core of his message, it should now be equally clear, is a vigorous defense of faith in an increasingly secular world.
Gingrich Assails 'Radical Secularism '.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decried a "growing culture of radical secularism " Saturday morning as he hailed the life of Liberty University's late founder, the Rev.
"We have to reaffirm very strongly the principles of republican secularism ," Mr Ferry said, against the rise of racism and anti-Semitism.
Vatican blames lack of priests on secularism , abuse, parents.
Higher Education a Plot to Secularize America.
Al Qaeda-linked MUJWA and secular independence-seeking MNLA rebels, near Mali's border with.
Lindy McDowell's argument against a secular Thought for the Day (Life, September 12) is entirely spurious .
Secular Egyptians Fear Theocracy By New Parliament.
Are there any issues that a secular society should consider in this fight.
Tragedy to Vilify Gays, Secularism.
"Here it's a religious outlook as well as a secular," she said.

In science:

V × V secular matrix h(k) ; k is an eigenvalue whenever det h(k) = 0, and the associated null vector corresponds to an eigenvector of the graph.
Eigenstate Structure in Graphs and Disordered Lattices
As a result, the secular trend in it is more likely to be purely artificial.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
On the other hand, the graph of ρt demonstrates that a histogram of aK is useful to extract the cyclic variations in the CRF, but not for secular or recent ones.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
An important feature of the distribution of the resonances in the complex plane can be deduced by studying the secular function ζ ˜G (κ).
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
The rank of an algebra is defined through the secular equation (see subsection 6.1).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces