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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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