Secularism
Secularism Sec"u*lar*ism, n. 1. The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity. [1913 Webster]

2. The tenets or principles of the secularists. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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