- 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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Examples from the Web for desecrate
Why should we desecrate noble and beautiful souls by intruding on them?Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
They trusted that the conqueror would not dare to desecrate so holy a place.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
But how long it is to curse the earth, and desecrate his image, he alone foresees.No Compromise with Slavery
William Lloyd Garrison
What other buggy than his own could be found to desecrate this Christian Sabbath?The Argonauts of North Liberty
We have watched him and his friend—the dog who has dared to desecrate the name of Precursor.The Mystics
Katherine Cecil Thurston
- 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 desecrate
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