secularist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n secularist an advocate of secularism; someone who believes that religion should be excluded from government and education
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Secularist One who theoretically rejects every form of religious faith, and every kind of religious worship, and accepts only the facts and influences which are derived from the present life; also, one who believes that education and other matters of civil policy should be managed without the introduction of a religious element.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n secularist One who theoretically rejects or ignores all forms of religious faith and worship established on the authority of revelation, and accepts only the facts and influences which are derived from the present life; one who main tains that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.
    • secularist Holding the principles of secularism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Secularist one who, discarding religious belief and worship, applies himself exclusively to the things of this life: one who holds that education should be apart from religion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. secularisseculum, an age, a generation.

Usage

In literature:

Erica's two years of exile were as monotonous and quiet as the life of the secularist's daughter could possibly be.
"We Two" by Edna Lyall
My own father's a Secularist, I think.
"Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw
This arbitrary acceptance and rejection of parts of the gospel is not peculiar to the Secularist view.
"Preface to Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw
If, however, we assume the Secularist's position, the considerations here brought forward still retain their validity.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
There is no indication of any period when they could be called secularists.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Faraday would be a 'secularist' were he now alive.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
To the meeting of a secularist club!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Is he not a secularist, who has lectured at the Hall of Science?
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
By a sort of tacit agreement the Secularists left the attack to the clergy.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
He rushes off to Pompeii, whose inhabitants he thinks were Secularists!
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In news:

The secularists of the French Revolution regarded the Roman Catholic Church as the last obstacle to atheism's final triumph.
Islamists are talking with secularists today after they resigned in protest.
Secularists voice dismay at election gains for Tunisia's Islamist party.
The fragile government coalition between Sunnis, secularists and Shia has seemed in danger of total collapse ever since.
Ross Douthat — op-ed columnist for the New York Times and film critic for National Review — seeks to move beyond the rutted secularist-vs.-religionist terms of the culture wars.
Islamists are major power , but all is not lost for secularists.
With the Islamist Al Nahda party emerging as the dominant power, Tunisia's election results have disappointed secularists.
Turkish Police Fail to Stop Secularists' Mausoleum March.
The president, however, seems not to have received the whole him-being-a-secularist memo.
Secularists are anti-religious: In recent years some have made secularism into a synonym for godlessness, possibly because a few extreme atheist groups have taken to calling themselves " secular ".
Although both the old and new constitutions state that Egypt must be governed by "Islamist principles," this means one thing to Islamic fundamentalists and something else to secularists .
Given the choice between the two from a Secularist 's point of view, neither candidate was ideal.
Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of secularists protesting at a banned rally in the capital on Monday against what they see as an increasingly authoritarian and Islamist government.
But Jacoby reports a tendency amongst some male secularists to treat these concerns as beneath their attention.
The leftist Sabahy spoke after a meeting between the National Salvation Front, formed by secularist politicians after Morsi issued his decrees , and media figures.
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