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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Still, Farnsley speculated that social justice issues could be a way to reach religious Democratic voters without alienating their nonreligious counterparts. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Pete Buttigieg plans to appeal to rural and religious voters," 26 Aug. 2019 The number rose to 79 percent among the secular and nonreligious Israelis. Sam Sokol,, "What Israeli Jewish voters find important and less important in the next election," 13 Aug. 2019 Though more Americans identify as nonreligious than ever before, the Bible Belt still lives up to its name in many ways. Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel’ aims to move hearts and minds," 1 Aug. 2019 Although the French Republic rigorously enforces a secular public square, the cathedral remains a symbol of national importance to the religious and nonreligious alike. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS says the Christian cross has “secular” meaning, citing Notre Dame in France," 20 June 2019 Both people of faith and those who are nonreligious can feel uncomfortable with memorial crosses. The Conversation, "Maryland ‘Peace Cross’ ruling: The Supreme Court rules that a cross stands for more than Christianity," 20 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of nonreligious

1841, in the meaning defined above

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