laicity

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French laïcité. Surface etymology laic +‎ -ity.

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Noun[edit]

laicity (countable and uncountable, plural laicities)

  1. The control or influence of the laity or the fact of being lay.
  2. Alternative form of laïcité.
  3. Synonym of secularism.
    • 1949, The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science[1], page 73:
      A correlation may be observed between the subjects studied in the masonic assemblies and those discussed in the Radical and Radical-Socialist party congresses: between 1901 and 1910 these subjects included state laicity, [...]
    • 2007, The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion[2], page 724:
      This shows that there can be laicity even where there is no formal separation [of Church and State].
    • 2017, Second International Handbook of Urban Education[3], page 596:
      In this sense, there is no doubt that the concept of laicity has been tremendously useful.

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