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desecrate

[ des-i-kreyt ]
/ 藞d蓻s 瑟藢kre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), des路e路crat路ed, des路e路crat路ing.
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.
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Origin of desecrate

First recorded in 1665鈥75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate

OTHER WORDS FROM desecrate

des路e路crat路er, des路e路cra路tor, noundes路e路cra路tion [des-i-krey-shuhn] /d蓻s 瑟藞kre瑟 蕛蓹n/ nounun路des路e路crat路ed, adjective
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How to use desecrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for desecrate

desecrate
/ (藞d蓻s瑟藢kre瑟t) /

verb (tr)
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 of desecrate

desecrator or desecrater, noundesecration, noun

Word Origin for desecrate

C17: from de- + consecrate
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