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

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Other Words from secularism

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

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The principle of laïcité, or secularism, has been enshrined in French law and political practice since 1905. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "France’s “Muslim Rosa Parks” are reviving the debate over burkinis," 4 July 2019 Others abandoned their religious traditions amid the deep secularism that took hold during the first few years of the Castro government. Washington Post, "Celebrating Havana renovates Cuba’s oldest Jewish cemetery," 25 June 2019 The episode is the latest row over Muslim women’s face- and body-coverings in a country with strict laws on secularism. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Why Female CEOs Are Outnumbered by Jeffreys: Broadsheet for June 28," 28 June 2019 Bangladesh, founded as a secular state, is facing a battle between secularism and Islamization, between culture and religion. Jennifer Chowdhury, Marie Claire, "Why Ilhan Omar's Victory Speech Starting With an Islamic Greeting Is So Important," 9 Nov. 2018 In all, the collection of essays is at once challenging and lyrical, and portrays a nuanced, complicated look at faith, secularism, and evangelical culture in 2018. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "How Christianity can be an “alternative” to consumerism," 9 Oct. 2018 Originally elected on a moderate platform, Jokowi last week chose a conservative cleric, Ma'ruf Amin, who rails against secularism, liberalism, homosexuality and minority religions as his running mate in the presidential election set for April. Fox News, "Indonesian president urges tolerance in annual speech," 16 Aug. 2018 According to a Google Books synopsis, Judge argues in the book that the problem with Catholic schools is that there’s not enough religion and too much secularism. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018 In a bold speech delivered at the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Summit, Sessions characterized the task force as a necessary step in facing down the prevailing forces of secularism. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Jeff Sessions announces a religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of secularism

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of secularism

: the belief that religion should not play a role in government, education, or other public parts of society

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