- 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 undesecrated
Did Athaliah leave the temple on Mount Moriah untouched and undesecrated?History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)
But this little chapel had seemed to her to be all the more sacred because it had been undesecrated and forgotten.The Fifth Queen Crowned
Ford Madox Ford
Still the noble promontory thrusts itself boldly forward into the sea from the heart of an undesecrated wilderness.The Near East
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
- 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 undesecrated
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