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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 of desecrate
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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  • Her physical purity was desecrated by—she wouldn't think of it.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • He has desecrated the divine colour, and he can no longer see it, though it is all around.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • We entered by the rusted iron gate and stood among the place of desecrated graves.

  • That one truth glared at you from every hideous corner of the desecrated room.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • He paused a moment, as though his careless tone had desecrated a sacred scene; the face of the sleeper rose to his mind.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • “She has desecrated the house of God,” he replied in a low tense voice.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Many of the smooth green barrows that enclosed their remains have been ruthlessly rifled and desecrated by greed or curiosity.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • But they desecrated the building and defaced it as much as they dared.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
British Dictionary definitions for desecrated

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 desecrated

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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