desecrator

desecrate

[des-i-kreyt]
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:
1665–75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate

desecrater, desecrator, noun
desecration, noun
nondesecration, noun
undesecrated, adjective


3. defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage.
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desecrate (ˈdɛsɪˌkreɪt)
 
vb
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
 
[C17: from de- + consecrate]
 
'desecrator
 
n
 
'desecrater
 
n
 
dese'cration
 
n

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desecrate
1674, formed from de- "do the opposite of" + (con)secrate. O.Fr. had dessacrer "to profane," and there is a similar formation in It.; but L. desecrare meant "to make holy," with de- in this case having a completive sense.
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