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[des-i-kreyt] /ˈdɛs ɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), desecrated, desecrating.
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
Related forms
desecrater, desecrator, noun
desecration, noun
nondesecration, noun
undesecrated, adjective
3. defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage. Unabridged
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  • In their eyes the mere act of moving a vessel from one place to another would count as a desecration of that holy day.

  • It was desecration that her name should be mentioned in that room.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Only the faithfulness of an old Indian chief kept the sacred vessels from desecration.

  • It did not occur to her that any words of hers could be other than a desecration of those minutes.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Uncle Dick was much teased, and suffered under it; it seemed, as he had said, desecration.

  • He vowed, when he came of age, that this desecration should go no further.

    Rosin the Beau Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
British Dictionary definitions for desecration


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
desecrator, desecrater, noun
desecration, noun
Word Origin
C17: from de- + consecrate
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Word Origin and History for desecration

1717, noun of action from 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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