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secularize

[sek-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈsɛk yə ləˌraɪz/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; secular + -ize
Related forms
secularization, noun
secularizer, noun
oversecularization, noun
oversecularize, verb (used with object), oversecularized, oversecularizing.
unsecularized, adjective
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Examples from the web for secularization
  • At that time secularization--turning the settlements into civil rather than religious communities--began.
  • Religious leaders also noted the effect of global secularization on religious demography.
  • They were not repaired due to secularization of the missions.
British Dictionary definitions for secularization

secularize

/ˈsɛkjʊləˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
secularization, secularisation, noun
secularizer, seculariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for secularization
n.

1706, "conversion to secular purposes," in reference to Church property; see secularize + -ation. General use by 1863.

secularize

v.

1610s, of property, offices, etc., from secular + -ize. From 1711 as "to become worldly;" from 1846 of education, social institutions, etc. Related: Secularized; secularizing.

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