• Secular Definition & Synonyms

  1. (a.) Coming or observed once in an age or a century.
  2. (n.) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.
  3. (n.) A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir.
  4. (a.) 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.
  5. (a.) 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.
  6. (a.) 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.
  7. (a.) Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical.
  8. (n.) A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.

Laic, Lay,

• Secularization Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) The act of rendering secular, or the state of being rendered secular; conversion from regular or monastic to secular; conversion from religious to lay or secular possession and uses; as, the secularization of church property.

• Secularize Definition & Synonyms

  1. (v. t.) To make worldly or unspiritual.
  2. (v. t.) To convert from regular or monastic into secular; as, to secularize a priest or a monk.
  3. (v. t.) To convert from spiritual or common use; as, to secularize a church, or church property.