/ˈleɪ ɪ ti/
the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy.
the people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it:
the medical ignorance of the laity.
laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
all people not of a specific occupation
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Doubtless there are few among what may be called the laity who are aware of the utility of the science of astronomy.
It is a sorry state of affairs when the media, political leaders, and many in the laity cannot see the wisdom of the teachings.
Yet the congregation is anxious, it claims, to correct its undoubted bias against the laity.
Recently he has been practicing among the laity as well.
It has emerged as much bottom-up from laity as top-down from clergy members.
In fact, although it is pitched at the laity, it still manages to reveal something of the way economists think.
If the laity could program, so could those overspecialized in other areas.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
He recited every day the church office with him, as it was then customary for pious persons among the laity to do.
He induced the laity, who were not hindered, to attend constantly the canonical hours.
The kind of musician that the world produces only a few times in a generation is in the house, but the laity barely notice.
Individual priests and concerned laity have long been at the forefront of efforts to secure the rights of workers.
But he forbids his monks from exhibiting these powers before the laity.
He also provided the laity with many opportunities for gaining merit.