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laity

la·i·ty

laity

 
 
pronunciation:
leI ih ti
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: laities
definition 1: the body of lay members of a religious group, as distinct from the clergy.
In that church, deacons are members of the laity but they perform various functions at church services.
definition 2: all those who are not members of a particular profession, esp. medicine or law.
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