secularism

noun
sec·​u·​lar·​ism | \ˈse-kyə-lə-ˌri-zəm \

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 \ noun
secularist or less commonly secularistic \ ˌse-​kyə-​lə-​ˈri-​stik \ adjective

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Erdogan's main opponent in the presidential race is Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party, a centrist party once associated with decades of stifling secularism as well as the repression of ethnic minorities carried out by the Turkish state. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 2018 In his view Islamic fundamentalism was at war with both secularism and modernism, as embodied by the West. Douglas Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Bernard Lewis, 101, influential scholar of Islam," 22 May 2018 In his view Islamic fundamentalism was at war with both secularism and modernism, as embodied by the West. Douglas Martin, New York Times, "Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam, Is Dead at 101," 21 May 2018 Ince's rally in the coastal city of Izmir, a bastion of secularism, drew hundreds of thousands Thursday. Elena Becatoros And Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote," 22 June 2018 Despite a very recent historical reputation as a corrupt sectarian warlord, Sadr today has emerged as Iraq’s standard bearer for secularism and reform. Thanassis Cambanis, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr become a statesman? People just got used to him," 26 May 2018 Eventually, this sense of secularism as a central principle of any French republic led to the 1905 law that separates Church and State, mandating state neutrality toward religions and the religious neutrality of public employees. Karina Piser, The New Republic, "Inside France’s Growing Identity War," 29 May 2018 But, in the US, secularism and de-Christianization are gaining ground. Jacob Carozza, BostonGlobe.com, "Cardinal O’Malley to deliver commencement address at St. Anselm College," 11 Apr. 2018 But D’Israeli wanted to abandon the religious tradition and turn to secularism. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What if Napoleon Hadn’t Lost Europe and Other Questions of Alternate History," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of secularism

1851, in the meaning defined above

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secularism

noun

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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