[ sek-yuh-luh-riz-uhm ]
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  1. secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.

  2. 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

Other words from secularism

  • sec·u·lar·ist, noun, adjective
  • sec·u·lar·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use secularism in a sentence

  • 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."

British Dictionary definitions for secularism


/ (ˈsɛkjʊləˌrɪzəm) /

  1. philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics

  2. the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs

  1. the state of being secular

Derived forms of secularism

  • secularist, noun, adjective
  • secularistic, adjective

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