secularization

noun
sec·​u·​lar·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌse-kyə-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce secularization (audio) \

Definition of secularization

: the act or process of making something secular or of becoming secular : removal from ecclesiastical or clerical use or influence … the secularization of the convent next to his house on the Connecticut shore …— William R. Everdell Because of this disarming of church and clergy, when the young people of New England began to kick up their heels in the last decades of the eighteenth century there was no church power to do more than scold them. The real sexual revolution in early America was the secularization of morality.— Edmund S. Morgan The current model of school secularization is built on the premise that the removal of controversial worldview perspectives produces a neutral secular school.— Craig S. Engelhardt

First Known Use of secularization

1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Secularization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secularization. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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