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laic

[ley-ik] /ˈleɪ ɪk/
adjective
1.
Also, laical. lay; secular.
noun
2.
one of the laity.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin lāicus < Greek lāikós of the people, equivalent to (ós) people + -ikos -ic
Related forms
laically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for laic

laic

/ˈleɪɪk/
adjective
1.
of or involving the laity; secular
noun
2.
a rare word for layman
Derived Forms
laically, adverb
laicism, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin lāicuslay³
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Word Origin and History for laic
adj.

1560s, from French laïque (16c.), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos "of or belonging to the people," from laos "people" (see lay (adj.)).

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