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Definition of "laic" [la•ic]

  • Of or relating to the laity; secular. (adjective)
  • A layperson. (noun)

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.

Use "laic" in a sentence
  • "The confinement made him fretful and exacting, and the old Marquise ascribed the change in his behaviour to the deplorable influence of his tutor, a "laic" recommended by one of Raymond's old professors."
  • "Established as a secular state by Mustafa Kemal, Attaturk (popularly known as the Father of the Turks), Turkey's political elite and military often defined and implemented their brand secularism (laic) as a hardline secularism, more autocratic than democratic, that was often anti-religion with little space for Islam in the public square."
  • "Taking into account simple preconditions for a nation to emerge, such as ‘national identity’ (preferably laic) - are we sure that each and every nation in the Arab World had its unique identity at the moment of its creation?"