de·​con·​se·​crate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt How to pronounce deconsecrate (audio) \
deconsecrated; deconsecrating; deconsecrates

Definition of deconsecrate

transitive verb

: to remove the sacred character of deconsecrate a church

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deconsecration \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkrā-​shən How to pronounce deconsecration (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for deconsecrate


desacralize, desanctify


bless, consecrate, hallow, sacralize, sanctify

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Examples of deconsecrate in a Sentence

hoping to raise much-needed funds, the church elders deconsecrated the 18th-century silver chalice and consigned it to a high-end auction house

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Whether a gutted and deconsecrated former church building fits the definition remains to be seen. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Neighbors ask court to stop charter school from demolishing former St. Andrew’s church building in St. Paul," 3 June 2019 There is no single answer, but protest, not piety, seems to be a recurring theme—whether or not the venue is deconsecrated. Vogue, "Take Me to Church: 21 Times Designers Put on Shows in Holy Places," 24 Apr. 2018 The archdiocese, which had been bent on leveling the deconsecrated building, then reversed course and found a developer willing to convert the 19th century Polish church into apartments. Inga Saffron,, "The latest threat to Fishtown's historic St. Laurentius church? A nuisance lawsuit," 22 Mar. 2018 Under canon law, a church cannot serve secular purposes, like a restaurant, without first being relegated, or deconsecrated. Jordan Otero Sisson, Courant Community, "Parishes Challenging Archdiocesan Merger, Closure Plan," 25 Aug. 2017 In the decree, Blair cited diminishing membership and intolerable financial burdens among the reasons for deconsecrating St. Margaret, built in 1910. Jordan Otero Sisson,, "Waterbury Church To Be Deconsecrated Following Archdiocese Plan," 2 June 2017 Archdiocesan officials have emphasized that decisions regarding closed church buildings, including whether they will be deconsecrated, will be made at the local level. Jordan Otero Sisson,, "Waterbury Church To Be Deconsecrated Following Archdiocese Plan," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of deconsecrate

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deconsecrate was in 1876

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