laicize

verb
la·​i·​cize | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce laicize (audio) \
laicized; laicizing

Definition of laicize

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to lay status
2 : to put under the direction of or open to the laity

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Other Words from laicize

laicization \ ˌlā-​ə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce laicization (audio) \ noun

Examples of laicize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roughly 40% of all the living credibly accused clergy members had either been laicized or had voluntarily left the church. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Roughly 40% of all the living credibly accused clergy members had either been laicized or had voluntarily left the church. Washington Post, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Roughly 40% of all the living credibly accused clergy members had either been laicized or had voluntarily left the church. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Roughly 40% of all the living credibly accused clergy members had either been laicized or had voluntarily left the church. NBC News, "Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised," 4 Oct. 2019 Thirteen have died, two have been removed from ministry, and four have been laicized, or removed from the clerical state. BostonGlobe.com, "The Missouri investigation began in August 2018 under then-Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley was elected to the US Senate in November, and Schmitt, a fellow Republican, took over the investigation after he was appointed to replace him.," 14 Sep. 2019 In 2003, laicized by the Roman Catholic Church and an outspoken believer that the end of the world was coming, Horan interrupted the British Grand Prix by running onto the racetrack, forcing cars to swerve past him. John Branch, New York Times, "He Tackled Vanderlei de Lima, Then Fumed During Caldron Lighting," 6 Aug. 2016 He was removed from Sacred Heart in Patterson, N.Y., in 2002 after several victims came forward, and was laicized in 2005. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "7 Victims Name Priests Who Sexually Abused Them as Children," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of laicize

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Nov 2019

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“Laicize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laicization?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=laiciz02. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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