de·​sa·​cral·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈsā-krə-ˌlīz How to pronounce desacralize (audio) , -ˈsa- How to pronounce desacralize (audio) \
desacralized; desacralizing

Definition of desacralize

transitive verb

: to divest of sacred qualities or status

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desacralization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌsā-​krə-​lī-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce desacralization (audio) , -​ˌsa-​ \ noun

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Examples of desacralize in a Sentence

deplores how contemporary society has desacralized and trivialized the celebration of Christmas
Recent Examples on the Web Aguilar thinks the basilica should be desacralized and turned into a museum. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Franco’s Body Is Exhumed, as Spain Still Struggles to Confront the Past," 26 Oct. 2019 Rumor and street culture—jokes, postcards, sayings, bawdy plays performed in saloons—changed the image of the czar and the czarina, desacralized them, before and during the war. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of desacralize

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Desacralize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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