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desecrate

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verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

Simple Definition of desecrate

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

Full Definition of desecrate

des·e·crat·eddes·e·crat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to violate the sanctity of :  profane <desecrate a shrine>

  3. 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 play \-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>



Origin of desecrate

de- + -secrate (as in consecrate)


First Known Use: 1675

Rhymes with desecrate

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