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laicize

[ley-uh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), la·i·cized, la·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to remove the clerical character or nature of; secularize: to laicize a school; to laicize the office of headmaster.
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Also especially British, la·i·cise.

Origin of laicize

First recorded in 1790–1800; laic + -ize
Related formsla·i·ci·za·tion [ley-uh-suh-zey-shuh n] /ˌleɪ ə səˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for laicize

laicize

laicise

verb
  1. (tr) to withdraw clerical or ecclesiastical character or status from (an institution, building, etc)
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Derived Formslaicization or laicisation, noun
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