EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), sec·u·lar·ized, sec·u·lar·iz·ing. to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism. to change (clergy) from regular to secular. to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use.
, especially British sec·u·lar·ise. Origin of secularize
First recorded in
-ize Related forms sec·u·lar·i·za·tion, noun sec·u·lar·iz·er, noun o·ver·sec·u·lar·i·za·tion, noun o·ver·sec·u·lar·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·sec·u·lar·ized, o·ver·sec·u·lar·iz·ing. un·sec·u·lar·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for secularized Historical Examples of secularized
secularized, and ultimately degraded for the most part into burlesque.
The number of Roman parishes, too, was reduced, and all the convents were
The see was
secularized in 1802 and in 1803 assigned to Bavaria.
If you keep it up for another week, you'll have to send me off to New York to get
The missions were
secularized in 1834, and the orchards fell into decay. British Dictionary definitions for secularized verb (tr) to change from religious or sacred to secular functions, etc to dispense from allegiance to a religious order law to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use English legal history to transfer (an offender) from the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to that of the civil courts for the imposition of a more severe punishment Derived Forms secularization or secularisation, noun secularizer or seculariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for secularized v.
1610s, of property, offices, etc., from
secular + -ize. From 1711 as "to become worldly;" from 1846 of education, social institutions, etc. Related: Secularized; secularizing.
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