desecrate

[des-i-kreyt]
verb (used with object), des·e·crat·ed, des·e·crat·ing.
  1. to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.
  2. to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose.
  3. to treat with sacrilege; profane.

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

Synonyms for desecrate

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Examples from the Web for undesecrated

Historical Examples of undesecrated

  • Did Athaliah leave the temple on Mount Moriah untouched and undesecrated?

  • But this little chapel had seemed to her to be all the more sacred because it had been undesecrated and forgotten.

  • Still the noble promontory thrusts itself boldly forward into the sea from the heart of an undesecrated wilderness.

    The Near East

    Robert Hichens

  • The old bookshelves remained untouched; the old books, in their musty brown calf bindings, were undesecrated by profaning hands.

    Vera Nevill

    Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron


British Dictionary definitions for undesecrated

desecrate

verb (tr)
  1. to violate or outrage the sacred character of (an object or place) by destructive, blasphemous, or sacrilegious action
  2. 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 undesecrated

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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