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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Definitions for laicism

  1. the nonclerical, or secular, control of political and social institutions in a society (distinguished from clericalism).

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Citations for laicism
Dante has embodied it in a certain outlook on life, or, more precisely, an outlook on the way in which men's affairs, and particularly political affairs, should be arranged…. it could, perhaps, be described as internationalism rather than nationalism, laicism rather than theocracy, in the arrangement of human affairs … U. Limentani, "Dante's Political Thought," The Mind of Dante, 1965
Ask anyone here what distinguishes their country from the rest of South America, and their answer is almost invariably “our laicism.” Uki Goñi, "Uruguay's Quiet Democratic Miracle," New York Times, February 9, 2016
Origin of laicism
Laicism is formed from the adjective laic, from the Late (Christian) Latin adjective lāicus, which in turn comes from the Greek adjective and noun lāikós "of the people, common, unofficial, a layman." It entered English in the late 1700s.