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desecrate

[ des-i-kreyt ]
/ ˈdɛs ɪˌkreɪt /
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verb (used with object), des·e·crat·ed, des·e·crat·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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descriptivism, descriptivist, descriptor, descry, desdemona, desecrate, desecration, deseed, desegregate, desegregation, deselect

Origin of desecrate

1665–75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate
SYNONYMS FOR desecrate
Related formsdes·e·crat·er, des·e·cra·tor, noundes·e·cra·tion, nounnon·des·e·cra·tion, nounun·des·e·crat·ed, adjective
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desecrate

/ (ˈdɛsɪˌkreɪt) /

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 Formsdesecrator or desecrater, noundesecration, noun

Word Origin for desecrate

C17: from de- + consecrate
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Word Origin and History for desecrate

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.

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