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

transitive verb

: to divest of sacred qualities or status
desacralization noun

Examples of desacralize in a Sentence

complained that 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, 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, 29 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desacralize was in 1911

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“Desacralize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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