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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.
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(diːˈsækrəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to render less sacred; to secularize
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(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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In this specific sense, the Holocaust has been partly desacralized by certain political circles, for whom it ceased to be a unique event reflecting the exclusive and unprecedented suffering of the Jews and turned into a universal experience bearing a humanistic lesson (Ophir, 2005).
Eliade (1987) investigates the way in which the religious man attempts to stay in a sacred universe, in comparison with the experience of the non-religious man that lives or wants to live in a desacralized world.
For Dawson, however, unless these commitments were based in suprahistorical reality, the long-term decline of a desacralized civilization would be tragic but not the end of the story.
One of the consequences of these changes in the textual domain was, I argue, the desacralization of the cosmos, the leaching away of the powerful emotional charge that less rationalized cultures invest in their world, leaving the desacralized cosmos cold, lifeless, devoid of mystery.
By calling Jesus the Son of God, Peter had desacralized the Roman Empire's claims about the divinity of Caesar and the validity of his rule.
From this point of view, a global problem for academia and science emerges, because lands have been desacralized; so "local" solutions will not be enough to solve the problems, particularly if there is not a change in the way in which the world thinks.
[...] His search for replacements to fill the former practical role of religious commitment repeatedly returns to desacralized versions of religious notions like atonement, salvation, transfiguration, redemption" (Anderson, 2009:227).
MetkaZupancic's significant contribution, "Kristeva's The Samurai: "Camouflage of sacredness in a desacralized world"", explores Kristeva's novel Les Samurais (1990) and her ironic critique of mythical patterns or ideologies.
However, instead of focusing on human progress in general, he contended that the relentless pursuit of technological progress has particularly rendered the United States a "desacralized world" (160).
Such a perception of nature--as having a peculiar splendour--is, according to Mircea Eliade, an echo of a religious attitude to nature in a desacralized world, an unclear feeling which is difficult to elucidate, and in which one can discern the memory of a degraded religious experience: "Experience of a radically desacralized nature is a recent discovery; moreover, it is an experience accessible only to a minority in modern societies, especially to scientists.
Because Earth-Mother was one of the gods of nature to be annihilated, the earth itself became desacralized. The sacred power it once possessed was effectively transferred to another world, the heavenly dwelling place of God the Father and the forces of nature became impersonal phenomena that God could control by way of reward and punishment.