desecrate

[des-i-kreyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. descriptivism,
  2. descriptivist,
  3. descriptor,
  4. descry,
  5. desdemona,
  6. desecration,
  7. deseed,
  8. desegregate,
  9. desegregation,
  10. deselect

Origin of desecrate

1665–75; de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate

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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British Dictionary definitions for desecrate

desecrate

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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