sec·​u·​lar·​ism ˈse-kyə-lə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce secularism (audio)
: indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations
secularist noun
secularist adjective
or less commonly secularistic

Examples of secularism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Satanic Temple, known for its activism in defense of pluralism and secularism in American public life, announced its desire to provide chaplains soon after DeSantis signed the law. Jeffrey S. Solochek, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2024 Overall, however, the shift toward greater secularism has gone hand in hand with major changes in values that have left many conservatives, especially the white evangelicals who make up the core of today’s GOP, feeling isolated. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2024 But even the French Football Federation (FFF), which has squirmed in the past over questions of secularism and LGBTQ+ issues in sports, says Mr. Mbappé and other players have the right to express themselves. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 June 2024 For Holland, secularism, agnosticism, equality, and human rights are rooted in the Bible and Christian theology. Jonny Thomson, Big Think, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for secularism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secularism was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Secularism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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sec·​u·​lar·​ism ˈsek-yə-lə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce secularism (audio)
: the belief that religion and religious considerations should be ignored
secularist noun
secularist adjective
also secularistic
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