secularize

[sek-yuh-luh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), secularized, secularizing.
1.
to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism.
2.
to change (clergy) from regular to secular.
3.
to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use.
Also, especially British, secularise.


Origin:
1605–15; secular + -ize

secularization, noun
secularizer, noun
oversecularization, noun
oversecularize, verb (used with object), oversecularized, oversecularizing.
unsecularized, adjective
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secularize or secularise (ˈsɛkjʊləˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to change from religious or sacred to secular functions, etc
2.  to dispense from allegiance to a religious order
3.  law to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use
4.  English legal history to transfer (an offender) from the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to that of the civil courts for the imposition of a more severe punishment
 
secularise or secularise
 
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seculari'zation or secularise
 
n
 
seculari'sation or secularise
 
n
 
'secularizer or secularise
 
n
 
'seculariser or secularise
 
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Example sentences
When you secularize a religious holiday, you thoroughly trivialize it.
Their history has always been tax, spend, borrow and secularize the country.
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