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desecrate

[des-i-kreyt] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), desecrated, desecrating.
1.
to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.
2.
to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose.
3.
to treat with sacrilege; profane.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate
Related forms
desecrater, desecrator, noun
desecration, noun
nondesecration, noun
undesecrated, adjective
Synonyms
3. defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage.
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Examples from the web for desecrate
  • He wonders whether the people will honor or desecrate his corpse after he dies.
  • Area tribes have said the project would desecrate submerged ancestral burial sites.
  • Hawking trinkets is not the only way to desecrate a sacred site.
  • To assert so is to desecrate their memories.
  • We are not going to desecrate hallowed ground.
  • They will not desecrate it.
  • Suffer no sacrilegious hand to desecrate it.
British Dictionary definitions for desecrate

desecrate

/ˈdɛsɪˌkreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to violate or outrage the sacred character of (an object or place) by destructive, blasphemous, or sacrilegious action
2.
to remove the consecration from (a person, object, building, etc); deconsecrate
Derived Forms
desecrator, desecrater, noun
desecration, noun
Word Origin
C17: from de- + consecrate
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Word Origin and History for desecrate
v.

1670s, formed from de- "do the opposite of" (see de-) + stem of consecrate. Old French had dessacrer "to profane," and there is a similar formation in Italian; but Latin desecrare meant "to make holy," with de- in this case having a completive sense. Related: Desecrated; desecrating.

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