transitive verb-·cized·, -·ciz·ing
- to reduce (a cleric) to the lay state; make a layman of
- to remove clerical influence from; restrict to laymen; secularize
Origin of laicizelaic + -ize
transitive verbla·i·cized, la·i·ciz·ing, la·i·ciz·es
- To free from ecclesiastical control; give over to laypeople.
- To change to lay status; secularize.
(third-person singular simple present laicizes, present participle laicizing, simple past and past participle laicized)
- To convert from church controlled to independent of the church; to secularize.
- They will laicise each of the schools in the district.
- To reduce from clergy to layman.
- Due to his controversial views the Vatican decided to laicise the priest.
- (intransitive) To convert to lay status.
- The soup kitchen laicised, it moved out of the church and registered as an independent non-profit.
From laic (“layperson”) + -ize (“verbal suffix”).