The act of taking away from a place or thing the sacred character which it had received by
, or dedicatio.
an act was performed by the augurs, and never without consulting the pleasure of the gods by
, is implied in the name itself (Liv.i.
; Dionys. Hal. Antiq. Rom.
iii. p. 162). Temples, chapels, and other
consecrated places, as well as priests, were considered as belonging to the gods. No
consecrated place whatever could be employed for any profane purpose, or dedicated to any
other divinity than that to which it originally belonged, without being previously
exaugurated; and priests could not give up their sacred functions, nor could a vestal virgin,
after the expiration of her thirty years of service, enter into matrimony, without first
undergoing the process of exauguratio (Gellius, vi. (vii.) 7.4).