laicize

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verb la·i·cize \ˈlā-ə-ˌsīz\

Definition of laicize

laicized

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laicizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to lay status

  3. 2 :  to put under the direction of or open to the laity

laicization

play \ˌlā-ə-sə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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First Known Use of laicize

1870

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