verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

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


Full Definition of DESECRATE

transitive verb
:  to violate the sanctity of :  profane <desecrate a shrine>
:  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

Examples of DESECRATE

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


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

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DESECRATING Defined for Kids


verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

Definition of DESECRATE for Kids

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


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