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secular

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Definition not religious

Much more rarely, secular means not a member of the clergy or not belonging to a specific religious order.

Also rarely, secular can reference long time spans in various senses such as:
  • a one-time rather than a cyclical event — such as "a secular decrease in real estate prices" or "a secular rather than a periodic planetary perturbation"
  • a once-in-an-age or once per century event — such as "The Secular Games of Rome"



In physics, secular equilibrium refers to a state where a radioactive isotope decays at the same rate at which it is produced.
  • Many countries of the Middle East and North Africa maintain a dual system of secular courts and religious courts, in which the religious courts mainly regulate marriage and inheritance.
secular = non-religious
  • Sweden's population is more secular than population's of most countries.
  • secular = non-religious
  • She proposed that, when the fall school term started, I should be enrolled in the religious school rather than a secular one.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • secular = non-religious
  • On the other hand, secular histories tended to overlook spiritual movements like Mormonism altogether.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • secular = non-religious
  • Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz.
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • secular = non-religious
  • His men began killing khans and political activists from secular and nationalist parties, especially the Awami National Party (ANP).
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • secular = non-religious
  • But riding high above all secular controversies was a faith in One who was the Creator, the Giver of Life, the Omnipotent.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • secular = non-religious
  • All her attempts to bring Max around to a less secular way of life had so far fallen on deaf ears.
    Mina Baites  --  The Silver Music Box
  • secular = non-religious
  • Their weird library had St. Exupéry but nothing so secular as an atlas of the world, so I had to work from memory.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • secular = non-religious
  • He nodded the head solemnly and vanished for the second time, to return on all fours: in a few moments with a learned volume, the only secular work in his possession.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • secular = non-religious
  • Besides, it was Sunday; and there was something about Bartleby that forbade the supposition that he would by any secular occupation violate the proprieties of the day.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • secular = non-religious
  • There are a few congregants who've discovered another way to get ahead, to get that house, and a bigger one after it-the secular way, by studying hard, going to a top college and maybe graduate school, by networking, strategizing, and matching preparation with opportunity.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • secular = non-religious
  • They were very involved in local politics, belonged to secular nationalist parties and were against involvement in the war.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • secular = non-religious
  • By contrast we Pashtuns are very divided, some following Imran Khan because he's a great cricketer, some Maulana Fazlur Rehman because his party JUI is Islamic, some the secular ANP because it's a Pashtun nationalist party, and some the PPP of Benazir Bhutto or the PML(N) of Nawaz Shard.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • secular = non-religious
  • But I can imagine my father saying his no, no, it was clearly Kwang's Confucian training at work, his secular religion of pure hierarchy, his belief that everyone is at once a noble and a servant and then just a man.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • secular = non-religious
  • However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • But the insiders knew that it had a perfectly secular meaning as well.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • And Bors was alway with him, but never changed he his secular clothing, for that he purposed him to go again into the realm of Logris.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Ask me rather would I suffer others to rob me, or if they did, would I call down upon them what I believe is called the chastisement of the secular arm?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It's some of those secular priests, ignorant, bumptious——"
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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