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laic +‎ -ist


laicist (not generally comparable, comparative more laicist, superlative most laicist)

  1. Pertaining to or representing the interests of the laity; non-clerical; secular.
    • 2004 Nov. 12, Michael Novak, "Italy’s “House of Liberty” cheers for W.," National Review (USA) (retrieved 27 Sept. 2013):
      Most of the European press (and, indeed, most European elites) talk as if Europe must be "laicist," which is the word they use for "aggressively secular," in the manner of the French Revolution.
    • 2010 April 17, "Multiculturalism does not mean we have to renounce our beliefs - President Abela," Times of Malta (retrieved 27 Sept. 2013):
      Today, we face the wave of secularism which has as its starting point the strict separation of Church and State: a laicist model advocating that the State should be strictly separate from religion which is conceived as belonging exclusively to the private domain.

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laicist (plural laicists)

  1. A supporter of laicism; a secularist.
    • 2004 April 1, "The cultural disintegration of Catholicism in Quebec" (Google search view), Catholic Insight (retrieved 27 Sept. 2013):
      Thirty years later, with the connivance of the Parti Quebecois, the laicists proceeded to attack Catholic schools by means of the Proulx Report of 1999.