a. worldly rather than spiritual; not specifically relating to religion; lasting from century to century
The church leaders decided not to interfere in secular matters.
Police used tear gas and water cannons against a demonstration by pro-secular protesters, but Monday's march to mark the founding of the Turkish republic went on in defiance of a government ban.
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Helene understood that the question was very simple and easy from the ecclesiastical point of view, and that her directors were making difficulties only because they were apprehensive as to how the matter would be regarded by the secular authorities.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Yet so loose were the ideas of the times respecting the conduct of the clergy, whether secular or regular, that the Prior Aymer maintained a fair character in the neighbourhood of his abbey.
It has mingled, though with regret, the secular grandeurs of the monarchy with the new grandeurs of the nation.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
Midway an elm, shadowy and high, spreads her boughs and secular arms, where, one saith, idle Dreams dwell clustering, and cling under every leaf.
However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Context
Purely secular songs are few in number, partly because many of them were turned into hymns by a change of words, partly because the frolics were seldom heard by the stranger, and the music less often caught.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois Context