secularize [ sek-y uh-l uh-rahyz] 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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British Dictionary definitions for unsecularized 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 unsecularized 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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