non·​re·​li·​gious | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce nonreligious (audio) \

Definition of nonreligious

: not religious: such as
a : not having a religious character : secular a nonreligious organization
b : having no religion : irreligious my nonreligious friends Superficially these images might seem, even to the nonreligious spectator, "scandalous."— Richard Wollheim

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godless, irreligious, religionless



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Laurel Cemetery opened in 1852 as the first nonreligious cemetery for Baltimore’s African American community. Christina Tkacik, Washington Post, "Rediscovering the African American graveyard beneath a Baltimore shopping center," 21 Mar. 2018 The country was less diverse, and Americans had yet to push hard for the rights of the nonreligious and religious minorities. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "For the first time, a woman and non-Christian will lead this group that thinks government is too involved in religion," 21 Feb. 2018 Religious and nonreligious Americans had the strongest sense of self, and the Buddhists, especially the monks, had the least. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "Who’s Most Afraid to Die? A Surprise," 6 June 2018 The whole process was painful, said Richard Kirk, the chair of the board for the nonprofit (and nonreligious) organization that raises funds for the building, known as the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, or 4C’s. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 After all, many non-Catholic conservatives — and indeed some quite nonreligious conservatives and even some people who identify as liberals — think exactly that. Mark Tushnet, Vox, "Is it anti-Catholic to ask a Supreme Court nominee how her religion affects her decisions?," 5 July 2018 In 2015, a District Court judge in Maryland said the government agency had a nonreligious reason for maintaining a historically significant, secular war memorial. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "Supreme Court is asked to prevent removal, destruction of giant cross on public land in Md.," 25 June 2018 It is often said that nonreligious liberal Jews pray to liberalism, not God. WSJ, "Jewish Identity Becomes Yet More Polarized," 14 June 2018 Many nonreligious people find this prohibition alienating if not offensive, but in presenting himself clownishly struggling to remain polite, his self-deprecating joke tries to normalize it. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "What’s So Funny About Orthodox Judaism? This Comic Has One Answer," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonreligious

1841, in the meaning defined above

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