laicism

[ley-uh-siz-uh m]

noun

the nonclerical, or secular, control of political and social institutions in a society (distinguished from clericalism).

Nearby words

  1. lahti,
  2. lai,
  3. laia,
  4. laibach,
  5. laic,
  6. laicization,
  7. laicize,
  8. laid,
  9. laid deck,
  10. laid paper

Origin of laicism

First recorded in 1930–35; laic + -ism

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