Definition of sacralize in English:


transitive verb

(also British sacralise)
[with object]mainly North American
  • Imbue with or treat as having a sacred character or quality.

    ‘rural images that sacralize country life’
    • ‘They demonstrate that ConFest is differentially sacralised - that which is authentic or sacred to one group or individual may be profane or inauthentic to another.’
    • ‘Where a family retains a connection with an ancestral ‘saint,’ the annual festival of this saint serves as a family reunion, and sacralizes the group, meaning those descended in the male line from the ancestor.’
    • ‘In it, the cosmic struggle of good and evil is played out in day-to-day objects and events; through it, the world is sacralised.’
    • ‘But let people who believe in religion say, ‘We're not going to sacralise it, we're not going to make it sacred, we're not going to endorse it by saying it's a work of God; killing is killing.’’
    • ‘The task of spirituality is to recover these fundamental conditions of our pilgrimage (a metaphor that he uses extensively) by sacralizing them and restoring their meaning.’
    • ‘Alternative ideology becomes a means of imbuing both self and community with an element of the mythic, and validating perceived limitations and shortcomings while sacralizing the mundane.’
    • ‘Religion has a place in this scheme but only ‘in functionalist terms as legitimating and sacralizing the common conventions and social unity.’’
    • ‘Some rituals involved enacting ancient myths from a feminist point of view, revering nature, and sacralizing women's bodies.’
    • ‘Klassen discusses how the choice of the home simultaneously sacralizes the home as a space in which a deeply spiritual event can occur and challenges the hegemony of the medical paradigm which sees the home as a source of pathogens.’
    • ‘Invoking the deaths of the father and the artist sacralizes the artistic enterprise, encouraging the work's celebration while shielding it from political and economic critique.’
    • ‘The nostalgic gaze sacralizes concepts, objects, forms, and states from the past and reproduces them in a present that simulates and commodifies their pastness.’
    • ‘In ‘Blood Money’, Damon W. Root shows that America's most sacralized battlefield, Gettysburg, has always been its most commercialized; he also explains why that's a good thing.’
    • ‘Sacred places are not revealed, made holy by an indwelling power; rather, certain spaces are sacralized by the ‘cultural labor of ritual’.’
    • ‘Moreover, he effectively sacralized the establishment, and the nation, through his understanding of national and ecclesial authorities as interlinked dimensions of the divine order.’
    • ‘It sacralized the traditional order of things and situated history, society, and politics in the transcendent, and thus seems quintessentially premodern.’
    • ‘Societies also have sacralized their histories in order to create the illusion that they, too, can transcend the passage of time.’
    • ‘He takes effective aim at those who sacralize the genome, or claim a ‘right’ to an unaltered genome, or base opposition to particular practices on intuitive feelings of repugnance or on undefended claims about what it means to be human.’
    • ‘How did we manage to sacralise this tenet in under a decade?’
    • ‘They were directed at sacralizing the figure of the prince.’
    • ‘In the 1870s, and even more in the 1880s and 1890s, the need to sacralize politics and squeeze out the rival religions of Catholicism and socialism was keenly felt by many within Italy's ruling elite.’



/ˈsakrəlīz/ /ˈsækrəlaɪz/