secular

(redirected from secularist)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

secular

1. not religious.
2. over long periods of time; gradual.

secular changes, trends
changes that occur over long periods, as long as decades.
References in periodicals archive ?
Carnations and today's copies are seen in the newsroom of Cumhuriyet newspaper, an opposition secularist daily, in Istanbul
Erdogan could have used the opportunity to rise beyond Islamist, liberal, secularist and Kurdish identities to establish a new political consensus around democratic norms.
Under such circumstances, Turkish society will remain deeply polarized among Islamists, secularists, Turkish nationalists and Kurdish nationalists .
It read: "In the last few days we have all seen much debate, and considerable concern, expressed about an application to Warwick Students' Union made by the Warwick Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society, that an SU society host the campaigner and blogger Maryam Namazie as an external speaker.
The headscarf is an emotive symbol in Turkey, viewed by secularists as the emblem of political Islam.
Critics, including the main opposition party, have said the charges are trumped up, aimed at stifling opposition and taming the secularist establishment which has long dominated Turkey.
The critics are not just the secularists, who are already mobilizing to defeat Ennahda in the next election.
Historically, most secularists have actually been Christians who saw the sense in freedom from government interference in religion.
It is this last point that more than anything explains the failure of secularist Arabs to capitalise on the uprisings to push for wider reforms and mount serious attempts at taking power.
Tunisia's secularists said their fears about an Islamist takeover were being realized on Tuesday after a senior official in the moderate Islamist party which won last month's election invoked the revival of a caliphate, or Islamic state.
The secularist regime of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1987, excluded Islamists from the political sphere.
According to Kosebalaban, the four ideological perspectives, namely secularist nationalism (Kemalism), Islamic nationalism, secularist liberalism, and Islamic liberalism, have been the major agents in shaping foreign policy in recent Turkish history.