Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To transfer from ecclesiastical or religious to civil or lay use or ownership.
  • transitive verb To draw away from religious orientation; make worldly.
  • transitive verb To lift the monastic restrictions from (a member of the clergy).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make secular.
  • To make worldly or unspiritual; divest of religious observances or influences: as, to secularize the Sabbath; to secularize the press; to secularize education.
  • To convert to or imbue with secularism: as, to secularize the masses.
  • Also spelled secularise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To convert from regular or monastic into secular.
  • transitive verb To convert from spiritual to secular or common use.
  • transitive verb To make worldly or unspiritual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make secular.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make secular and draw away from a religious orientation
  • verb transfer from ecclesiastical to civil possession, use, or control

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

secular +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Perhaps, ultimately, the question boils down to whether, when the explanatory function of the "religious sense" ceases to be plausible, the appropriate response is to "secularize" our understanding of the phenomenon in question, or to simply reinterpret the religious understanding thereof.

    Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 9: Has Science Made Belief in God Obsolete?

  • Subsequent to that, Falwell placed some of the blame for 9/11 squarely on a range of Americans -- civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals, abortion rights supporters -- who have tried to "secularize" America.

    Flashback: Robertson Agreed That America "Deserved" 9/11

  • Subsequent to that, Falwell placed some of the blame for 9/11 squarely on a range of Americans -- civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals, abortion rights supporters -- who have tried to "secularize" America.

    "Michael Mukasey... is absolutely correct... that the issue of 'waterboarding' cannot be decided in the abstract."

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

  • This includes all those who wish to make the Church of Jesus Christ into a purely humanitarian society, to rob her of her supernatural character, to secularize and desacralize her.

    Bizarre

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

  • Meanwhile, I have found that, contrary to increasingly popular opinion, there is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith whatever that faith may be.

    Austin Carty: A Christian Plea For Public Education

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