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verb (used with object), con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing.
  1. to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
  2. to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
  3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
  4. to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
  5. to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
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  1. consecrated; sacred.
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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 formscon·se·crat·ed·ness, nouncon·se·cra·tor, con·se·crat·er, nouncon·se·cra·to·ry [kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, con·se·cra·tive, adjectivede·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), de·con·se·crat·ed, de·con·se·crat·ing.pre·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), pre·con·se·crat·ed, pre·con·se·crat·ing.re·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), re·con·se·crat·ed, re·con·se·crat·ing.su·per·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·cra·tive, adjective


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3. See devote.


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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.

British Dictionary definitions for unconsecrated


  1. not having been made or declared sacred or holy
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verb (tr)
  1. to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
  2. to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
  3. to ordain (a bishop)
  4. Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
  5. to cause to be respected or revered; veneratetime has consecrated this custom
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  1. archaic consecrated
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Derived Formsconsecration, nounconsecrator, nounconsecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ) or 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.

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