PRONUNCIATION: (dee-SAY-kruh-lyz, -SAK-ruh-)

MEANING: verb tr.: To deprive of hallowed status.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin de- (away from) + sacer (sacred). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sak- (to sanctify), which also gave us saint, consecrate, sacred, execrable, execrate, sacerdotal, and sacrilegious. Earliest documented use: 1911.

RESACRALIZE - restore the lower back

DESUCRALIZE - remove all sugar

DESACKRALIZE - exempt the quarterback from being hit before he throws the football