secular




Secular things are not religious. Anything not affiliated with a church or faith can be called secular.

Non-religious people can be called atheists or agnostics, but to describe things, activities, or attitudes that have nothing to do with religion, you can use the word secular. Public schools are secular, but Catholic schools are not. Grocery stores are secular; a synagogue is not. If there’s no religion involved, then you’re in “the secular world” — as people sometimes call everything that exists outside of religion.

Definitions of secular
  1. noun

    someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

    synonyms:
    layman, layperson
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    Antonyms:

    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend

    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
    types:

    lay reader

    a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church
    type of:

    common man, common person, commoner

    a person who holds no title

  2. adjective

    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

    synonyms:
    temporal, worldly

    earthly

    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    profane

    not concerned with or devoted to religion
    sophisticated

    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
    economic

    concerned with worldly necessities of life (especially money)
    material

    concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
    materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded

    marked by materialism
    mundane, terrestrial

    concerned with the world or worldly matters
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    unworldly

    not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
    pious

    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    naif, naive

    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
    anchoritic, eremitic, eremitical, hermitic, hermitical

    characterized by ascetic solitude
    cloistered, cloistral, conventual, monastic, monastical

    of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
    spiritual, unearthly

    concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
    unmercenary

    not mercenary; not influenced by financial gains
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  3. adjective

    not concerned with or devoted to religion

    secular drama”
    synonyms:
    profane

    earthly

    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    impious

    lacking piety or reverence for a god
    laic, lay

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
    profanatory

    profaning or tending to desecrate
    temporal, worldly

    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
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    sacred

    concerned with religion or religious purposes
    consecrate, consecrated, dedicated

    solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
    heavenly

    of or belonging to heaven or god
    pious

    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    divine

    devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity
    ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable

    too sacred to be uttered
    inspirational

    imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
    inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct

    having to be kept sacred
    numinous

    evincing the presence of a deity
    quasi-religious

    resembling something that is religious
    religious, spiritual

    concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
    reverend, sublime

    worthy of adoration or reverence
    sacral

    of or relating to sacred rites
    taboo, tabu

    forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
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  4. adjective

    of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations

  5. adjective

    of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows

    “the
    secular clergy”
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    Antonyms:

    religious

    of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows

  6. adjective

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

    synonyms:
    laic, lay

    profane

    not concerned with or devoted to religion

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