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

First recorded in 1790–1800; laic + -ize
Related formsla·i·ci·za·tion [ley-uh-suh-zey-shuh n] /ˌleɪ ə səˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for laicize




(tr) to withdraw clerical or ecclesiastical character or status from (an institution, building, etc)
Derived Formslaicization or laicisation, noun
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