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 (sā′krə-līz′, săk′rə-)
tr.v. sa·cra·lized, sa·cra·liz·ing, sa·cra·liz·es
To make sacred.

sa′cral·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(ˈseɪkrəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) to make sacred
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(ˈseɪ krəˌlaɪz, ˈsæk rə-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make sacred; imbue with sacred character.
sa`cral•i•za′tion, n.
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If the Somersby garden is further sacralized by the tapers and altar-like table before which the sacred texts (Hallam's letters) are read, this experience further sacralizes the landscape in turn.
Among Sacred Springs' programs is the Sacred Circle of Spirituality and Sustainability that aims to deepen the students' 'experience of God who suffuses, sacralizes, sensitizes and sustains nature.' The experience should enable participants to grow 'in the sacred web of interdependent interrelations with the Divine Creative Spirit (Ruach Elohim), self, neighbor, the poor and creation.' Figure that out.
Looking in turn at equipment, bio-power, and (re)locating religion in a technological age, they consider such topics as how time sense oscillates between religion and machine, reflections on a magnetic cord designed for spirit communication, Buddhist medicine and the potency of prayer in Japan, how science fiction sacralizes the secular, and transfiguring the technological with the actual practice of virtual Voodoo.
For Jews and Christians in particular, such a deity inhabits, sacralizes, steers, and imbibes the biblical space, landscape, and trajectory--even while voices within and beyond those traditions claim such a God (may) also desecrate, dominate, and deflower it.
For the new Europe, the commemoration of the Jewish genocide sacralizes new Europe's liberal-humanist tolerance of "the Other (who is like us)" and helps to redefine "the Other (which is different from us)" in terms of Muslim fundamentalism, writes the author.
Harper (in "The Slave Auction," a poem, 1854), and Herman Melville (in "Benito Cereno," 1855) speak and write for the opposition, resisting nationalist appropriations of sacred time facilitated by monumental (Romantic) historiography that sacralizes virtues such as the hard-won freedoms of the nation or the affections of the family in order to legitimate the forward movement of oppressive national history.
A great part of Krikorian's argument depends on his analysis of the American elite, which is "post-American," lacking, as he puts it, "visceral attachment to the American national community." Multiculturalism is one byproduct of this mindset: it means that, in Krikorian's phrase, America "almost sacralizes" group identities that would otherwise be fluid and optional.
With insights similar to those of Heather Curtis, Brown shows how sacralizing individual bodies as recipients and agents of healing sacralizes space.
The top solidifies all that is, locks it in, sacralizes it.