Definition of reconsecrate in US English:



[with object]
  • Consecrate (someone or something) again.

    • ‘Prior even to his election as pope, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini paid for the restoration of the district church of S. Martino, which was reconsecrated on August 10, 1458.’
    • ‘There is, in the particular acts we do, a way of reconsecrating our lives, reminding ourselves of what's important and carrying on in the best kind of way.’
    • ‘The bishop of the diocese is now pondering whether to reconsecrate the site after news of what happened there emerged.’
    • ‘James and Preston wanted the land to be taken from the mine, prayed over, filled in, and reconsecrated to the spirits who dwell there.’
    • ‘In particular, says the Report, it was thought necessary in the Early Church to exorcise the sites of churches to be consecrated or reconsecrated.’
    • ‘The wedding took place in a Champagne cellar as churches were not yet reconsecrated following the French Revolution.’
    • ‘In 1825, Charles X, last surviving brother of Louis XVI, even underwent an elaborate coronation, in the traditional setting of Reims Cathedral, to reconsecrate the bond between his dynasty and God.’
    • ‘It has traditionally been argued that, after the Edict of Constantine in 314, there was a concerted programme to reconsecrate pagan temples as Christian churches.’
    • ‘The bells tolled as parishioners carrying candles filed out through the 13th-century doorway of St Ninian's church last night to reconsecrate the ground in which the unfortunate woman's remains once lay.’
    • ‘At the end of the 19th century it was reconsecrated as the Spitalfields Great Synagogue for the East End's newly arrived Jews.’
    • ‘The church, built by Hawksmoor, was completed in 1725, although the interior was destroyed by fire in 1850 and reconsecrated in 1857.’