- 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 desecration
Christian refugees in southern Turkey tell of rapes, forced conversions to Islam and the desecration of churches.The Holy Land’s Endangered Christians
January 12, 2014
They are the cultural destruction and desecration by armed extreme Islamic groups that have seized power.Mali: Islamists Destroy Historic City of Timbuktu
July 15, 2012
It turns my stomach to write these words, but this is "desecration."Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video
Asra Q. Nomani
January 19, 2012
The Tehran and Tabriz bazaars closed briefly on December 16 as a show of protest against the desecration.Will Iran Ignite?
December 16, 2009
God's voice against the desecration of His image spoke in the soul.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
My father's old place was at peace for a time, the desecration done with.The Harbor
It would be a desecration for us to use a penny of his in our new life.Cleo The Magnificent
I have not voluntarily been guilty of any desecration of holy Names.'The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Do you suppose I'm thinking of that, and not of the desecration, the outrage, the horror?The Christian
- 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 desecration
1717, noun of action from desecrate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper