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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.
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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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Curtis calls attention to ID proponents for adopting the clever strategy of desacralizing religious teaching to pass a low-bar smell test so that it looks like science.
The bias toward humoralism goes hand in hand with a critique of modern medical practice, in particular its secularization of the body and its desacralizing of the soul.
The problem of the sacred is a cross cultural or pan cultural perplexity introduced by desacralizing processes that emerged from economic, political, ideological and even ontological reasons in the last 2 or 3 centuries.
Guilherme Brambatti Guzzo and Gabriel Dall'Alba tackle this question in their article "The Role of Educators in Desacralizing Ideas," on page 8.
If we accept, then, the narrative about the desacralizing and deterritorializing forces of capital, Vincent's sacred acts are a resistant move towards reterritorialization, towards a new autonomous zone with a stable (although mobile) anchoring point indexed to his private self.
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Contrary to the standard talk of contemporary theologians he argues that modern science is so essentially desacralizing in its fundamental motivation that it is difficult if not impossible to reconcile it with a sacramental vision of faith.
This desacralizing of the world by transforming the field of sacred into a secular field is perceived by Cristina and Nicu Gavriluta as being influenced by Durkheim's analyses that have as supposition the taking over by the state and the modern institutions of some functions and practices that once appertained to religions.