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 laicize (audio) \ noun

Examples of laicize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1981, after serving three years of probation, Kiesle asked to be laicized — removed from the priesthood. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland diocese, ex-priest sued over alleged 1985 assault on 5-year-old in closet," 3 Mar. 2020 Though Brown was stripped of his authority to act publicly as a priest, he wasn’t laicized, or defrocked, until September 2019. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Lawsuit says Dallas diocese did not protect young girl from priest’s abuse," 1 Feb. 2020 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 Thirteen have died, two have been removed from ministry, and four have been laicized, or removed from the clerical state. Washington Post, "Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution," 13 Sep. 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 Thirteen have died, two have been removed from ministry, and four have been laicized, or removed from the clerical state. Washington Post, "Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution," 13 Sep. 2019 Thirteen have died, two have been removed from ministry, and four have been laicized, or removed from the clerical state. Washington Post, "Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution," 13 Sep. 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

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First Known Use of laicize

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Laicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laicize. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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