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laity (noun) those who are not priests.
Members of a religious group who are not priests are laity. Persons who are members of a church but are not priests are the laity. Those who are not priests of a religion but follow the religion are its laity.
- The laity holds the priest in high reverence because he practices what he preaches.
- Some members of the laity are more honest and less hypocritical than the priests.