from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make (a church, synagogue, or temple, for example) no longer consecrated.

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  • v. To remove the consecration from a church or similar building

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of sacredness; to secularize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of the character conferred by consecration; secularize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove the consecration from a person or an object


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  • That the whole of the area which the temple of Jupiter was to occupy might be wholly devoted to that deity, he decided to deconsecrate the fanes and chapels, some of which had been originally vowed by King Tatius at the crisis of his battle with Romulus, and subsequently consecrated and inaugurated.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I

  • He denied her privileges; he strove to deconsecrate her sanctuary.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • Peter Borre, co-chairman of the Council of Parishes, which formed to fight church closings, anticipated the Cardinal's decision and said the vigils will continue and the decision will be appealed to the Vatican, which has already reversed the decisions by some U.S. bishops to deconsecrate churches. Front Page

  • If the past congregation approves of the temple's donation, Samuels said the institute would send a rabbi to Brookhaven to deconsecrate the building, after which the temple would no longer be considered an operational Jewish temple.


  • a construction hard hat and a raincoat to hurriedly deconsecrate a historic Anglican chapel, which had suffered irreparable damage.


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