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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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 But others have defended it as a necessary measure to ensure Quebec’s vaunted secularism and way of life. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Don’t Burn Women: Warning to Immigrants Looms Over a Quebec Village," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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