SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of desecrate 1665–75; de-
consecrate Related forms des·e·crat·er, des·e·cra·tor, noun des·e·cra·tion, noun non·des·e·cra·tion, noun un·des·e·crat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for desecrator Historical Examples of desecrator
But he was never seen, as a matter of fact, by any man but the
desecrator of his tomb.
Only for this
desecrator of the royal dead that morrow never came, as was discovered afterwards.
For a brief spell I would rule beside a man who is fit to be a king but who is a
He fought the war of all which was old and primitive and lost in its own dreams against the alien and the
He tore the precious volume from its
desecrator's hand, losing the pictured cover in the struggle. British Dictionary definitions for desecrator 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 Forms desecrator or desecrater, noun desecration, noun Word Origin for desecrate
de- + consecrate
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Word Origin and History for desecrator 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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