- to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.
- to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose.
- to treat with sacrilege; profane.
Origin of desecrate
1665–75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate
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3. defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage.
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Examples from the Web for desecrated
He later relayed false rumors that drunken fans had desecrated the dead and attacked a police officer.Inquiry Finds Police Cover-Up in Deaths of 96 Fans at Hillsborough
September 13, 2012
Fire takes hold," he told his faithful, "only where the Sabbath is desecrated.Israel's Inferno
December 5, 2010
He has desecrated the divine colour, and he can no longer see it, though it is all around.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
And if that memory were desecrated now she would be as one wrecked in the storm of life.A Spirit in Prison
That one truth glared at you from every hideous corner of the desecrated room.Princess Zara
But the church is a mere fragment, mutilated, desecrated, shut up.Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine
Edward A. Freeman
“She has desecrated the house of God,” he replied in a low tense voice.The Golden Face
William Le Queux
- to violate or outrage the sacred character of (an object or place) by destructive, blasphemous, or sacrilegious action
- to remove the consecration from (a person, object, building, etc); deconsecrate
C17: from de- + consecrate
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Word Origin and History for desecrated
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