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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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  • Yet Mr. Bradlaugh never put a profession of atheism as one of the tenets of any secularist Society.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • The secularist is one in whom the intellect is passionate, and the passions cold.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • And, in addition to these, all that is absolutely known—that has been demonstrated—belongs to the secularist.

  • Just as a Christian seeks to serve God, a secularist seeks to serve man.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • A secularist sees clearly upon what he relies as a secularist.

    The Principles Of Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • This does not concern the secularist, though it does the scholar.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • A few other short speeches followed, mostly of the common secularist type, in defence of the newspapers attacked.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The secularist undertakes this trouble as far as his means permit.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • Cos′mism, the notion of the cosmos as a self-existing whole; Cos′mist, a secularist; Cos′mocrat, ruler of the world.

British Dictionary definitions for secularist


(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 secularist

1846, "one who theoretically rejects and ignores all forms of religion based on revelation;" see secularism + -ist. From 1851 as "one who maintains that public education and civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element." Related: Secularistic.



"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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