[ley-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈleɪ əˌsɪz əm/

the nonclerical, or secular, control of political and social institutions in a society (distinguished from ).

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    [ley-uh-sahyz] /ˈleɪ əˌsaɪz/ verb (used with object), laicized, laicizing. 1. to remove the clerical character or nature of; secularize: to laicize a school; to laicize the office of headmaster. /ˈleɪɪˌsaɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to withdraw clerical or ecclesiastical character or status from (an institution, building, etc)

  • Laid

    [leyd] /leɪd/ verb 1. simple past tense and past participle of 1 . [ley] /leɪ/ verb (used with object), laid, laying. 1. to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down: to lay a book on a desk. 2. to knock or beat down, as from an erect position; strike […]

  • Laid-back

    [leyd-bak] /ˈleɪdˈbæk/ adjective, Slang. 1. relaxed or unhurried: laid-back music rhythms. 2. free from stress; easygoing; carefree: a laid-back way of living. adjective 1. (informal) relaxed in style, character, or behaviour; easy-going and unhurried adjective Relaxed; easy-going: a sort of laid-back, not insane Janis Joplin/ relatively upbeat moods, laid-back-in-the-South-Seas [1960s+; perhaps fr the reclining posture […]

  • Laid-deck

    noun, Shipbuilding. 1. a wooden deck having planking laid parallel to the sides of the hull so as to follow the curves toward the ends of the vessel.

  • Laidly

    adj. c.1300, Scottish and northern English variant of loathly “hideous, repulsive” (see loath).

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