- secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
- the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.
- philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
- the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs
- the state of being secular
n.1846, “one who theoretically rejects and ignores all forms of religion based on revelation;” see secularism + -ist. From 1851 as “one who maintains that public education and civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.” Related: Secularistic. n.“doctrine that morality should be based on the well-being of man in the present life, without regard to religious belief or a hereafter,” 1846, from secular + -ism.