Secular
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 kept but once a century. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

New foes arise, Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (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. [1913 Webster]

He tried to enforce a stricter discipline and greater regard for morals, both in the religious orders and the secular clergy. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

5. Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical. [1913 Webster]

I speak of folk in secular estate. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Secular equation} (Astron.), the algebraic or numerical expression of the magnitude of the inequalities in a planet's motion that remain after the inequalities of a short period have been allowed for.

{Secular games} (Rom. Antiq.), games celebrated, at long but irregular intervals, for three days and nights, with sacrifices, theatrical shows, combats, sports, and the like.

{Secular music}, any music or songs not adapted to sacred uses.

{Secular hymn} or {Secular poem}, a hymn or poem composed for the secular games, or sung or rehearsed at those games. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

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