non·​re·​li·​gious ˌnän-ri-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce nonreligious (audio)
: not religious: such as
: not having a religious character : secular
a nonreligious organization
: having no religion : irreligious
my nonreligious friends
Superficially these images might seem, even to the nonreligious spectator, "scandalous."Richard Wollheim

Examples of nonreligious in a Sentence

grew up in a nonreligious family a display of nonreligious holiday decorations on municipally owned property
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, the district court dismissed the free exercise claim, in part because the process for choosing the student member excluded religious and nonreligious students alike, making the rule neutral and generally applicable. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 29 Feb. 2024 Guerra said the church has planted seeds in nonreligious programs, like Cuba Emprende, that support entrepreneurship and run soup kitchens. Orlando Matos, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2024 More than 150 years later, its rows of Victorian homes include a mix of religious and nonreligious residents of about 3,000 people. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 His government, for example, has created nonreligious holidays, such as Founding Day, that are now widely celebrated and promoted. Bernard Haykel, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2024 And for decades, Unitarian Universalist congregations, which grew out of Christian movements, have drawn on teachings from both religious and nonreligious traditions, without imposing specific creeds of their own. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024 Take, as a nonreligious example, the rise of Instagram and YouTube influencers learning how to cook and sew for themselves, getting farms, and living the lives that many in the past 40 years would have termed oppressive. WSJ, 2 Jan. 2024 Israel readies ‘kosher electricity’ for ultra-Orthodox households Opposition Leader Yair Lapid slammed the rabbi for demeaning his nonreligious countrymen. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 Luther challenged the prevailing notion that nonreligious or nonpolitical work was drudgery and a punishment from the gods – a view that came from Greco-Roman times. Garrett Potts, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonreligious was in 1841

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“Nonreligious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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