verb (used with object), des·e·crat·ed, des·e·crat·ing.
Origin of desecrate
Examples from the Web for desecrate
But warlike and wicked men were even then preparing to desecrate the beautiful land.Silver Lake|R.M. Ballantyne
Meadows received by this entrance one or two persons whom he never allowed to desecrate his knocker.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Do not desecrate this room by your cold and egotistic thoughts, and by your heartless calculations!Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times|Louise Muhlbach
What other buggy than his own could be found to desecrate this Christian Sabbath?The Argonauts of North Liberty|Bret Harte
As you love and value your immortal soul, sanctify and do not waste and desecrate the Sabbath.Samuel Rutherford|Alexander Whyte
British Dictionary definitions for desecrate
Word Origin for desecrate
Word Origin and History for desecrate
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.