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deconsecrate

Line breaks: de|con¦se|crate
Pronunciation: /diːˈkɒnsɪkreɪt
 
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Definition of deconsecrate in English:

verb

[with object]
Transfer (a building) from sacred to secular use: the church was deconsecrated in the early nineteenth century
More 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.

Derivatives

deconsecration

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈkreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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