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[kon-si-kreyt] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), consecrated, consecrating.
to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity:
to consecrate a new church building.
to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow:
a custom consecrated by time.
to devote or dedicate to some purpose:
a life consecrated to science.
to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
consecrated; sacred.
Origin of consecrate
1325-75; Middle English consecraten < Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
consecratedness, noun
consecrator, consecrater, noun
[kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
consecrative, adjective
deconsecrate, verb (used with object), deconsecrated, deconsecrating.
preconsecrate, verb (used with object), preconsecrated, preconsecrating.
reconsecrate, verb (used with object), reconsecrated, reconsecrating.
superconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrative, adjective
2. sanctify, venerate.
1. desecrate.
Synonym Study
3. See devote. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unconsecrated
Historical Examples
  • It was unconsecrated, and there could be no sacrilege in using it.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • You were good from instinct and from unconsecrated moral grace.

    The Philosophical Letters Friedrich Schiller
  • I don't want to think that—that what we feel for each other is—unconsecrated.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • That she—” he said, “that she should lie so far from them, and in unconsecrated ground!

  • For "unconsecrated" ricefields the ritual is less complicated.

  • The first allowance settled on the heir to his unconsecrated royal father's uncertain fortunes was ten crowns a month.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • Every rain that descends washes from the unconsecrated bank the bones of those intrepid sufferers.

  • Nor let us think they who lie beneath its shadow are indeed resting (as degenerate Italians fancy) in unconsecrated ground.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • He is not to rest among the respectable Christians; but in the strip of unconsecrated ground outside the sacred inclosure.

  • I desire to be buried in the unconsecrated part of the cemetery, in the spot where six months ago I caused a stake to be driven.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for unconsecrated


not having been made or declared sacred or holy


verb (transitive)
to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
to ordain (a bishop)
(Christianity) to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
(archaic) consecrated
Derived Forms
consecration, noun
consecrator, noun
consecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ), consecrative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for unconsecrated



late 14c., from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare "to make holy, devote," from com- "together" (see com-) + sacrare (see sacred). Related: Consecrated; consecrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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