See more synonyms for laicize on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), la·i·cized, la·i·ciz·ing.
- to remove the clerical character or nature of; secularize: to laicize a school; to laicize the office of headmaster.
Also especially British, la·i·cise.
Origin of laicize
Related formsla·i·ci·za·tion [ley-uh-suh-zey-shuh n] /ˌleɪ ə səˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
First recorded in 1790–1800; laic
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for laicize
Derived Formslaicization or laicisation, noun
- (tr) to withdraw clerical or ecclesiastical character or status from (an institution, building, etc)
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