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[sek-yuh-luh-riz-uh m] /ˈsɛk yə ləˌrɪz əm/
secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.
Origin of secularism
First recorded in 1850-55; secular + -ism
Related forms
secularist, noun, adjective
secularistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • To note and report passages in books, newspapers, magazines, and reviews referring to secularism.

    The Principles Of Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • Had she not always been strongly biased in favor of secularism?

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • It is the business of secularism to teach every child; to teach every voter.

  • Complacency cannot understand reverence, nor secularism, religion.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
  • secularism would efface the dirty tints of life which Christianity has prayed over, but not removed.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
British Dictionary definitions for secularism


(philosophy) a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs
the state of being secular
Derived Forms
secularist, noun, adjective
secularistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for secularism

"doctrine that morality should be based on the well-being of man in the present life, without regard to religious belief or a hereafter," 1846, from secular + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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