Nonsecular



[sek-yuh-ler] /ˈsɛk yə lər/

adjective
1.
of or relating to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal:
secular interests.
2.
not pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to ):
secular music.
3.
(of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.
4.
(of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order; not bound by monastic vows (opposed to ).
5.
occurring or celebrated once in an age or century:
the secular games of Rome.
6.
going on from age to age; continuing through long ages.
noun
7.
a layperson.
8.
one of the secular clergy.
/ˈsɛkjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of or relating to worldly as opposed to sacred things; temporal
2.
not concerned with or related to religion
3.
not within the control of the Church
4.
(of an education, etc)

5.
(of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order
6.
occurring or appearing once in an age or century
7.
lasting for a long time
8.
(astronomy) occurring slowly over a long period of time: the secular perturbation of a planet’s orbit
noun
9.
a member of the secular clergy
10.
another word for layman
adj.

c.1300, “living in the world, not belonging to a religious order,” also “belonging to the state,” from Old French seculer (Modern French séculier), from Late Latin saecularis “worldly, secular, pertaining to a generation or age,” from Latin saecularis “of an age, occurring once in an age,” from saeculum “age, span of time, generation.”

According to Watkins, this is probably from PIE *sai-tlo-, with instrumental element *-tlo- + *sai- “to bind, tie” (see sinew), extended metaphorically to successive human generations as links in the chain of life. Another theory connects it with words for “seed,” from PIE root *se- “to sow” (see sow (v.), and cf. Gothic mana-seþs “mankind, world,” literally “seed of men”).

Used in ecclesiastical writing like Greek aion “of this world” (see cosmos). It is source of French siècle. Ancient Roman ludi saeculares was a three-day, day-and-night celebration coming once in an “age” (120 years). In English, in reference to humanism and the exclusion of belief in God from matters of ethics and morality, from 1850s.
secular [(sek-yuh-luhr)]

Not concerned with religion or religious matters. Secular is the opposite of sacred.

Note: Secularization refers to the declining influence of religion and religious values within a given culture. Secular humanism means, loosely, a belief in human self-sufficiency.

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