V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: not connected or controlled by the church

Synonyms: nonreligious, non-spiritual, temporal, lay, mainstream, earthly, material, worldly, non-clerical

Antonyms: spiritual, religious, parochial

Tips: Secular is derived from the Latin saecularis, which means "worldly." Something secular is "of the world or earth, not of heaven." Secularism is a doctrine that believes the world can best be understood without introducing gods as an explanation for it. Secular has come to mean "not affiliated with God or religion."

Usage Examples:

The group used to play mostly Christian music, but has lately started playing more secular music. (mainstream, nonreligious)

Although the club meetings were held at a church, the club itself was completely secular. (nonreligious)

Most people believe public schools should be kept secular. (nonreligious)

Since my sister is not a religious person, she will have a secular wedding. (nonreligious, non-spiritual)

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