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 for Secular hymn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Secular \Sec"u*lar\, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis,
     fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world;
     perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s['e]culier.]
     1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century.
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              The secular year was kept but once a century.
                                                    --Addison.
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     2. Pertaining to an age, or the progress of ages, or to a
        long period of time; accomplished in a long progress of
        time; as, secular inequality; the secular refrigeration of
        the globe.
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     3. Of or pertaining to this present world, or to things not
        spiritual or holy; relating to temporal as distinguished
        from eternal interests; not immediately or primarily
        respecting the soul, but the body; worldly.
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              New foes arise,
              Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains.
                                                    --Milton.
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     4. (Eccl.) Not regular; not bound by monastic vows or rules;
        not confined to a monastery, or subject to the rules of a
        religious community; as, a secular priest.
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              He tried to enforce a stricter discipline and
              greater regard for morals, both in the religious
              orders and the secular clergy.        --Prescott.
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     5. Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical.
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              I speak of folk in secular estate.    --Chaucer.
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     Secular equation (Astron.), the algebraic or numerical
        expression of the magnitude of the inequalities in a
        planet's motion that remain after the inequalities of a
        short period have been allowed for.
  
     Secular games (Rom. Antiq.), games celebrated, at long but
        irregular intervals, for three days and nights, with
        sacrifices, theatrical shows, combats, sports, and the
        like.
  
     Secular music, any music or songs not adapted to sacred
        uses.
  
     Secular hymn or Secular poem, a hymn or poem composed for
        the secular games, or sung or rehearsed at those games.
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