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 undesecrated Historical Examples of undesecrated
Did Athaliah leave the temple on Mount Moriah untouched and
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
The old bookshelves remained untouched; the old books, in their musty brown calf bindings, were
undesecrated by profaning hands. British Dictionary definitions for undesecrated 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 undesecrated 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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