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 (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.


(diːˈsækrəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to render less sacred; to secularize


(diˈseɪ krəˌlaɪz, -ˈsæk rə-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to remove the sacredness from; secularize.
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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2) Some commentators focus on Hoekendijk's presentation at the 1960 conference of the World Student Christian Federation in Strasbourg, in which he urged participants to desacralize the church and to recognize that Christianity is a secular movement; they called these ideas "extravagant nonsense.
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Only Christianity, which offers the church as "an alternative society and polity," can desacralize the political and sustain the secular (304).
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Various New Historicist critics of the past decade and a half,, as well as earlier critics, have hypothesized Shakespearean history theater's power to desacralize English kings by presenting kings as humans playing royal roles.