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[sek-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈsɛk yə ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), secularized, secularizing.
to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism.
to change (clergy) from regular to secular.
to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use.
Origin of secularize
1605-15; secular + -ize
Related forms
secularization, noun
secularizer, noun
oversecularization, noun
oversecularize, verb (used with object), oversecularized, oversecularizing.
unsecularized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for secularized
  • Germ theory, which secularized infectious disease, had a side effect: it sacralized epidemiology.
  • The pace of scientific progress has increased at the same time societies have been secularized.
  • After the missions were secularized, mission lands were divided into large ranchos.
  • Society had become increasingly secularized during the several decades prior to the reporting period.
  • It is the western world that has become secularized.
  • They do not wish to see our cherished society become secularized.
British Dictionary definitions for secularized


verb (transitive)
to change from religious or sacred to secular functions, etc
to dispense from allegiance to a religious order
(law) to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use
(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 secularized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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