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de·sa·cral·ize

 (dē-sā′krə-līz′, -săk′rə-)
tr.v. de·sa·cral·ized, de·sa·cral·iz·ing, de·sa·cral·iz·es
To divest of sacred or religious significance.

desacralize

(diːˈsækrəˌlaɪz) or

desacralise

vb (tr)
to render less sacred; to secularize

de•sa•cral•ize

(diˈseɪ krəˌlaɪz, -ˈsæk rə-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to remove the sacredness from; secularize.
[1910–15]
de•sa`cral•i•za′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.desacralize - transfer from ecclesiastical to civil possession, use, or control
transfer - cause to change ownership; "I transferred my stock holdings to my children"
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Les Tahitiens eprouvaient une telle repugnance vis-a-vis de la commensalite alimentaire des hommes europeens avec les femmes polynesiennes qu'ils les ont meme definitivement desacralises (Cook 1998: 53-54; Sahlins 1989: 25-26).
Dans cet univers aux sombres contours, non seulement les personnages adultes sont desacralises, parents compris, mais aussi les portraits de famille ne sont pas exempts d'ambiguites.
Roberts's defiantly sceptical approach to hagiographies desacralises these narratives to reveal them as texts, like any other, subject to manipulation and deceit.