laicize

[ ley-uh-sahyz ]

verb (used with object),la·i·cized, la·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to remove the clerical character or nature of; secularize: to laicize a school; to laicize the office of headmaster.

Origin of laicize

1
First recorded in 1790–1800; laic + -ize
  • Also especially British, la·i·cise .

Other words from laicize

  • la·i·ci·za·tion [ley-uh-suh-zey-shuhn], /ˌleɪ ə səˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun

Words Nearby laicize

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British Dictionary definitions for laicize

laicize

laicise

/ (ˈleɪɪˌsaɪz) /


verb
  1. (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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