What does secularism mean?

Definitions for secularismˈsɛk yə ləˌrɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secularism(noun)

    a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations


  1. secularism(Noun)

    A position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions

  2. secularism(Noun)

    The related political belief in the separation of church and state

  3. Origin: From Latin saeculum era, age.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secularism(noun)

    the state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity

  2. Secularism(noun)

    the tenets or principles of the secularists


  1. Secularism

    Secularism is the principle of separation of government institutions, and the persons mandated to represent the State, from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief. In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be unbiased by religious influence. Some scholars are now arguing that the very idea of secularism will change. Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus; medieval Muslim polymaths such as Ibn Rushd; Enlightenment thinkers such as Denis Diderot, Voltaire, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine; and more recent freethinkers, agnostics, and atheists such as Robert Ingersoll and Bertrand Russell. The purposes and arguments in support of secularism vary widely. In European laicism, it has been argued that secularism is a movement toward modernization, and away from traditional religious values. This type of secularism, on a social or philosophical level, has often occurred while maintaining an official state church or other state support of religion. In the United States, some argue that state secularism has served to a greater extent to protect religion and the religious from governmental interference, while secularism on a social level is less prevalent. Within countries as well, differing political movements support secularism for varying reasons.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Secularism

    Indifference to, or rejection of, RELIGION or religious considerations. (From Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secularism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secularism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Siddharth Astir:

    Using Initials was the first step by mankind towards secularism

  2. Mustafa Sentop:

    Our proposal for the new constitution contains the concept of secularism and we don't have any problems with it.

  3. Manuel Valls:

    Secularism must be applied everywhere, because that is how everyone will be able to live in peace with each other.

  4. Sajeeb Wazed:

    We are walking a fine line here, we do n’t want to be seen as atheists. It does n’t change our core beliefs. We believe in secularism.

  5. Daniel Hannan:

    Our first conversation is not about secularism, we discuss manifestos, the rule of law, personal liberty, common conservative values, campaigning and accountability.

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