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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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It was feared that blood would desacralize the holy space and taint the Nyahbinghi grounation for rain.
The pressures to desacralize marriage and to dismantle the institution of the family are dangerous trends which need to be effectively countered by a more vigorous catechesis and a more active evangelical programme.
The government officials and their lawyers who make such arguments, and the judges who accept them, desacralize sacred texts and symbols.
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So the piece is an attempt to deconstruct and talk about these images in a very human way, to deal with them as sacred objects but also to desacralize them.
In these textual dynamics, creativity and imagination play the crucial roles of traditional truth seekers and of depositaries of (oral) collective and sacred memories; that is to say, cultural practices related to language and to the visual image recontextualize tradition in a process of innovation and transformation that guarantees its survival, "it is also the case that the "real" tradition is to break with tradition, to desacralize and actualize it.
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In order to desacralize, to liberate the testimony, both of them suggest adhering to the specific, to the little fact, to the trivial detail.
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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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