sec·​u·​lar·​ism | \ ˈse-kyə-lə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce secularism (audio) \

Definition of secularism

: indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations

Other Words from secularism

secularist \ ˈse-​kyə-​lə-​rist How to pronounce secularism (audio) \ noun
secularist or less commonly secularistic \ ˌse-​kyə-​lə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce secularism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of secularism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Del Noce indicts the sweeping changes of secularism, eroticism, and relativism as the inevitable outcomes of Marx’s dialectical victory over religious and liberal foes. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 This sort of anxiety isn’t new—the history of modern-day Orthodoxy is one long chain of reactions to outside influences, whether dominant religious cultures or secularism. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2022 For them, libertarianism is synonymous with the laissez-faire approach to economics and morality that dominates Washington, D.C., and has permitted the twin cancers of hyper-individualism and secularism to metastasize through the culture. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 Seeing an opportunity to ride a wave of discontent, politicians have pushed measures instrumentalizing the once liberal concept of laïcité (France's form of secularism), including banning full-face coverings and burkinis in public spaces. Rim-sarah Alouane, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 On the other hand, European-style secularism is unlikely to take hold any time soon. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 23 Mar. 2022 So conservative religion is up and secularism is up, and there’s not a whole lot left in the middle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 Local police released few details in the incident’s immediate aftermath, but news of Maire’s death quickly reverberated around the nation, which prizes its secularism — or laïcité — but remains predominantly Catholic. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 Several people who marched on the Capitol described the day as a kind of Trumpian Fort Sumter — part of a life-or-death fight against socialism, anti-Christian secularism and the tyranny of President Biden’s masking and vaccine mandates. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of secularism

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Secularism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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