la·​i·​cize | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌsīz \
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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laicization \ ˌlā-​ə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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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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The first known use of laicize was in 1870

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