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"Laity" derives from the Greek "laikos"

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"Laity" derives from the Greek "laikos"

Postby Neos » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:44 am

Etymology of "laity"

The word laity (the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy), comes from the French laite from the late Latin laicus, which is a transliteration of the Greek laikos (of the people; λαϊκός) from laos (people; λαός).

From the same root:
Lay, layman

In Greek
a) laos: people [λαός]
b) laikos:
of the people, folk, vulgar [λαϊκός]

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