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laic adj : concerning those not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"; "the choir sings both sacred and secular music" [syn: lay, secular]

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  1. A layperson, as opposed to a member of the clergy.


  1. Lay, relating to laypersons, as opposed to clerical.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica
      And in conclusion it reflects to the disrepute of our ministers ... [that] they should still be frequented with such an unprincipled, unedified and laic rabble, as that the whiff of every new pamphlet should stagger them out of their catechism and Christian walking.
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