verb[with object] (usually be deconsecrated)
- Transfer (a building) from sacred to secular use: the church was deconsecrated in the early nineteenth centuryMore example sentences
- As St Crumnathy's Cathedral is currently deconsecrated, it is not possible to install Canon Doris into her stall at the moment.
- After the English Reformation, many holy buildings such as tombs, charnel-houses, cloisters and churches were deconsecrated, emptied of their contents, sold away or destroyed.
- It is even more difficult if the conversion involves buying or building on part of a graveyard, where church authorities must deconsecrate the ground.
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- Contemporary Christian writings confirm this sense of degradation by noting that removal of a statue from its sanctuary resulted in automatic deconsecration.
- The property is situated in what was once St Kevin's Church which was built on the site in 1883 and served the local community until its deconsecration in 1983.
- The church, St Kevin's in Portobello, Dublin 8, was built in 1883 and was in use until its deconsecration in 1983.
More definitions of deconsecrateDefinition of deconsecrate in:
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