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laicize

[ ley-uh-sahyz ]
/ 藞le瑟 蓹藢sa瑟z /
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verb (used with object), la路i路cized, la路i路ciz路ing.
to remove the clerical character or nature of; secularize: to laicize a school; to laicize the office of headmaster.
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Also especially British, la路i路cise .

Origin of laicize

First recorded in 1790鈥1800; laic + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM laicize

la路i路ci路za路tion [ley-uh-suh-zey-shuhn], /藢le瑟 蓹 s蓹藞ze瑟 蕛蓹n/, noun

Words nearby laicize

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British Dictionary definitions for laicize

laicize

laicise

/ (藞le瑟瑟藢sa瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to withdraw clerical or ecclesiastical character or status from (an institution, building, etc)

Derived forms of laicize

laicization or laicisation, noun
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