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Friday, July 01, 2016

Secular

adjective
- Not specifically religious.
- Temporal; worldly, or otherwise not based on something timeless.
- (Christianity) Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.
    secular clergy in Catholicism

- Happening once in an age or century.
    The secular games of ancient Rome were held to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of the next.

- Continuing over a long period of time, long-term.
    The long-term growth in population and income accounts for most secular trends in economic phenomena.
    on a secular basis

- 2006, The Economist, Economics focus: Dividing the pie
    The skewed distribution of productivity gains is thus less a new phenomenon than a secular trend.

- (literary) Centuries-old, ancient.
- (astrophysics) Relating to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion or magnetic field.
- (atomic physics) Unperturbed over time.

synonyms
- (not religious) worldly

antonyms
- nonsecular
- (not religious) religious
- (not religious) sacred (used especially of music)
- (not bound by monastic vows) monastic
- (not bound by monastic vows) regular (as regular clergy in Catholicism)
- eternal, everlasting
- frequent
- unpredictable
- non-recurring
- (finance) short-term
- (finance) cyclical

(not specifically religious)

(temporal)

(happening once in an age or century)

(astrophysics: of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities)

noun (plural seculars)
- A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.
- A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir.
- A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.

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