You appear to be able to use the word secular in many contexts, but its main use is when referring to something ‘non-religious’ or ‘worldly’. It is also means “occurring or observed once in an age or century” according to The Free Dictionary.
The use of the adjective secular in sentences:
- The rules applied to both secular and religious buildings.
- Jason had a secular attitude towards death
- It was a secular occurrence to see that particular planet from earth
According to Merriam-Webster secular can also be used as a noun which has the following meanings:
- an ecclesiastic (as a diocesan priest) not bound by monastic vows or rules : a member of the secular clergy
- a layman
Derivatives of secular
Verb: secularise (or secularize)
Origin of secular
Old French: seculer
Latin: secularis and saeculum (when referring to ‘of an age’)
My thoughts: I’m definitely increasing my vocabulary by continuing with this blog. Just looking a word up doesn’t always make it stick, but researching the different meanings and how they can be used in sentences helps to reinforce it in my memory. I hadn’t heard of this word until yesterday, but would feel comfortable using it in a sentence now.
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