Definition of "secular" []

  • Worldly rather than spiritual. (adjective)
  • Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body: secular music. (adjective)
  • Relating to or advocating secularism. (adjective)
  • Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially not belonging to a religious order. Used of the clergy. (adjective)
  • Occurring or observed once in an age or century. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to worldly as opposed to sacred things; temporal (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not concerned with or related to religion (adjective)
  • Not within the control of the Church (adjective)
  • Having no particular religious affinities (adjective)
  • Not including compulsory religious studies or services (adjective)
  • (of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order (adjective)
  • Occurring or appearing once in an age or century (adjective)
  • Lasting for a long time (adjective)
  • Occurring slowly over a long period of time (adjective)
  • A member of the secular clergy (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "secular" in a sentence
  • "In their campaigns, new political groups have replaced the term "secular government" with "civil government" to try to finesse the issue."
  • "But Mr. Erdogan's use of the term "secular" runs counter to Egyptian Islamists' conception of Islamic-minded governance, said Essam El Erian, vice president of the Brotherhood's newly formedpolitical party, Freedom and Justice."
  • "The phrase "secular stagnation" fell from their lips in the 1940s, even on the eve of the great postwar boom."