deconsecrate

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verb de·con·se·crate \(ˌ)dē-ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt\

Definition of deconsecrate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove the sacred character of deconsecrate a church

deconsecration

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkrā-shən\ noun

Examples of deconsecrate in a sentence

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

1876

First Known Use of deconsecrate

1876



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