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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAICS

He was laid with the others in the burying-ground of the Laics.

The work, under the same title but written by laics, extends further to the reign of Louis XI.

Its doors, carefully closed to laics, open only to the mollahs, whose sacred breathings bring with them only happiness and piety.

Interfere not with a matter of which laics have no right to take cognisance.

Upwards of thirty thousand religious and laics spent the night near his tomb.

The religious and the laics of the capital hastened to the spot, and poured out tears mingled with sobs and cries.

The full complement of monks, including the laics, together with the Patriarch and two Bishops, is from forty to fifty.

His body was laid in the burial-ground of the Laics, toward the south part and near the path.

At length, as he served the sick, he was smitten with the plague, and was laid in the burying-ground of the Laics.

He was laid with the other Laics in that burying-ground of ours that pertains to them of that condition.

WORD ORIGIN

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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