Meaning of SECULAR in English

SECULAR

sec ‧ u ‧ lar /ˈsekjələ, ˈsekjʊlə $ -ər/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: seculer , from Latin saecularis 'coming once in an age' , from saeculum 'breed, generation' ]

1 . not connected with or controlled by a church or other religious authority:

secular education

our modern secular society

2 . a secular priest lives among ordinary people, rather than with other priests in a ↑ monastery

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THESAURUS

■ relating to religion

▪ religious relating to religion:

the country's religious leaders

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the importance of religious freedom

▪ spiritual relating to matters of the human spirit, rather than the physical world:

The Dalai Lamai is the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

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We tend to ignore people's spriritual needs, and focus too much on material things.

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spiritual values

▪ holy [usually before noun] connected with God and religion, and therefore treated in a special way – used especially in the following phrases:

the Holy Bible

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the holy city of Mecca

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a Hindu holy man

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They believe they are fighting a holy war.

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The priest puts some holy water on the child's head.

▪ sacred connected with God and religion, and therefore treated in a special way – used especially in the following phrases:

This place is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

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In India, cows are considered sacred.

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the Hindu sacred texts

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sacred music

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a sacred ritual

▪ theological relating to the study of religion or to religious beliefs:

a theological debate

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theological training

▪ secular not relating to religion or controlled by a religious authority:

secular education

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secular matters

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In the UK we live in a much more secular society.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.