[ ley-uh-siz-uhm ]

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

Origin of laicism

First recorded in 1930–35; laic + -ism

Words Nearby laicism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use laicism in a sentence

  • Thus, while some shock me by their sacerdotal dogmatism, others repel me by their rationalizing laicism.

    Amiel's Journal | Henri-Frdric Amiel