[sek-yuh-luh-riz-uh m]


secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.

Origin of secularism

First recorded in 1850–55; secular + -ism
Related formssec·u·lar·ist, noun, adjectivesec·u·lar·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for secularism

Contemporary Examples of secularism

Historical Examples of secularism

  • Had she not always been strongly biased in favor of secularism?

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • What do they know about the thousand difficulties which have driven people into secularism?

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • Complacency cannot understand reverence, nor secularism, religion.

    The Approach to Philosophy

    Ralph Barton Perry

  • Any departure from them in an institution, proves its secularism.

  • What connection does he discover between Secularism and selfishness?

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

British Dictionary definitions for secularism



philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs
the state of being secular
Derived Formssecularist, noun, adjectivesecularistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for secularism

"doctrine that morality should be based on the well-being of man in the present life, without regard to religious belief or a hereafter," 1846, from secular + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper