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.
- sec·u·lar·ist, noun, adjective
- sec·u·lar·is·tic, adjective
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How to use secularism in a sentence
The 43-year-old Say is an outspoken secularist who has long drawn conservative ire in Muslim-majority Turkey.Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Found Guilty of Insulting Islam | Mike Giglio | April 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ali is a devoted secularist raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC by parents who fled the Iranian revolution.
Moussa, a liberal and a secularist, is the current frontrunner, but he is struggling to shed his ties to the former regime.Confusion Surrounds Egypt’s Presidential Elections, Set for May 23 | Ursula Lindsey | May 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The secularist is one in whom the intellect is passionate, and the passions cold.The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
A Secularist sees clearly upon what he relies as a Secularist.The Principles Of Secularism | George Jacob Holyoake
But, in reality, it is not the aggressive Secularist or Atheist who fights these imaginary beings.Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
In one place he says that "the so-called Secularist is the man who deprives things secular of all power and meaning and beauty."Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
If, as a Secularist, you refuse to teach any sanction, you must say "You will be punished if you disobey."A Treatise on Parents and Children | George Bernard Shaw
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
- secularist, noun, adjective
- secularistic, adjective
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