laypeople

plural noun
lay·​peo·​ple | \ ˈlā-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce laypeople (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of being used to change Catholic doctrine and ecclesial structure, the active role of the laypeople in the Church should be used for a new evangelization and for a more authentic way of Christian life. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021 Since these laypeople can’t be defrocked, penalties include losing their jobs, paying fines or being removed from their communities. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2021 Since these laypeople can’t be defrocked, penalties include losing their jobs, paying fines or being removed from their communities. Fox News, 8 Dec. 2020 Most Trump voters and supporters have been nothing but kind and encouraging to me — from Southern Baptist laypeople and pastors to Administration officials all the way up and down the ranks. Dominic Pino, National Review, 3 June 2021 But critics say the process lacks the crucial element of oversight by laypeople. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 1 June 2021 The law recognizes that adults, too, can be victimized by priests who abuse their authority over them, and said that laypeople in church offices, such as school principals or parish economists, can be punished for abusing minors as well as adults. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2021 The law recognizes that adults, too, can be victimized by priests who abuse their authority, and said that laypeople in church offices can be punished for abusing minors as well as adults. Fox News, 8 Dec. 2020 Caused by electrical surges in the brain, seizures too have a range, including the bodily convulsions most laypeople think of and a less obvious state of impaired consciousness that can look like staring or being under a spell. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of laypeople

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Laypeople.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laypeople. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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