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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The court ruled that the law against use of peyote applied to all, religions groups and nonreligious groups alike. Mark Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 By the mid-1990s, being nonreligious no longer meant being un-American, giving permission for a lot of closet nones to begin expressing their true feelings on surveys. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 This nonreligious festival, now in its fourth year, was open to the public and presented by the Illinois Diocese of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, returning after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2022 The church, which preaches against nonreligious alcohol and drug use, was established in Oakland in January 2019. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2022 Anyone can offer an activity at Grounded32 as long as the activity is altruistic in nature, nonpolitical and nonreligious, Curry said. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2022 The organization found that 62% of religious households give to charity, compared with 46% of nonreligious ones. Ericka Andersen, WSJ, 30 June 2022 Worse yet is a situation when the only detractors from Christian nationalism are the nonreligious, which furthers the false narrative that the only choices for our country are Christian nationalism or no religious expression at all. Amanda Tyler, CNN, 27 July 2022 Since 2015-16, Johnson’s popularity rating has gone from minus 50 to minus 73 with Democrats; from minus 54 to minus 76 with liberals; from minus 31 to minus 45 with nonreligious voters; and from minus 19 to minus 32 with urban voters. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Nonreligious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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