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 forces that Sontag lauded in Bosnia—the forces of democracy, secularism, religious tolerance, and multi-ethnic citizenship—are hard to find in the Syrian conflict. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 Critics have pinned their hopes on the Indian Supreme Court, which has emerged in recent years as the main counterweight to Mr. Modi and Hindu nationalism, and as a defender of Indian secularism. New York Times, "Modi Defends Revoking Kashmir’s Statehood as Protests Flare," 8 Aug. 2019 Critics have pinned their hopes on the Indian Supreme Court, which has emerged in recent years as the main counterweight to Modi and Hindu nationalism and as a defender of Indian secularism. Jeffrey Gettleman And,, "As Modi addresses India, protests flare in Kashmir," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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