- 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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3. defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage.
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Examples from the Web for desecrator
But he was never seen, as a matter of fact, by any man but the desecrator of his tomb.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
Only for this desecrator of the royal dead that morrow never came, as was discovered afterwards.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales
Henry Rider Haggard
For a brief spell I would rule beside a man who is fit to be a king but who is a desecrator.Graustark
George Barr McCutcheon
He fought the war of all which was old and primitive and lost in its own dreams against the alien and the desecrator.Duel on Syrtis
Poul William Anderson
He tore the precious volume from its desecrator's hand, losing the pictured cover in the struggle.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 desecrator
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