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desecrate

verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

: to damage (a holy place or object) : to treat (a holy place or object) with disrespect

des·e·crat·eddes·e·crat·ing

Full Definition of DESECRATE

transitive verb
1
:  to violate the sanctity of :  profane <desecrate a shrine>
2
:  to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously <the kind of shore development … that has desecrated so many waterfronts — John Fischer>
des·e·crat·er or des·e·cra·tor \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun
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Examples of DESECRATE

  1. The vandals were accused of desecrating graves.
  2. <vandals desecrated the cemetery last night by covering the tombstones with graffiti>

Origin of DESECRATE

de- + -secrate (as in consecrate)
First Known Use: 1675

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DESECRATER Defined for Kids

desecrate

verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\
des·e·crat·eddes·e·crat·ing

Definition of DESECRATE for Kids

:  to treat a sacred place or sacred object shamefully or with great disrespect

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