Definition of laic in English:



  • Of the laity; secular.

    • ‘There is an advantage but there is a kind of, you know, negative side to it as well because you never know whether or not you understand fully, well, let's say, the French side, the laic side.’
    • ‘Let American Studies go on road shows to institutions of higher learning both laic and religious.’
    • ‘From 1850 until the national legislation proposed by Jules Ferry in 1880 forbade tuition in all public primary schools, a substantially higher percentage of students in Catholic schools paid no tuition compared to those in laic schools.’
    • ‘Only very rarely did a civilian enter the real Government building, which was among the most protected buildings in the world, magical and laic.’
    • ‘Here, as everywhere it is very favourable to congregational schools but generally it does not make open war on laic institutions.’
    • ‘This strikes me as entirely in line with the humanist, sternly laic tradition of the Fifth Republic, but it is so strongly removed from the thought of the Pontiff in his encyclicals as to raise the question of whether it was meant as a snub.’
    • ‘As the system reached completion, Catholic schools were not simply sharing in educational growth but actually taking students away from laic teachers.’
    • ‘Catholic schools became more important as alternatives and less important as supplements to laic schools.’
    earthly, terrestrial, temporal, mundane, mortal, human, non-spiritual, unspiritual, material, materialistic, physical, tangible, carnal, fleshly, bodily, corporeal, gross, sensual, base, sordid, vile, profane
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  • A person who is not a member of the clergy; a layperson.

    • ‘As a married laic whose past is now being exposed in the media, his lawyer suggests psychiatric counseling that can be possibly entered in his defense.’


Mid 16th century: from late Latin laicus (see lay).