Definition of desecrate
- … the kind of shore development … that has desecrated so many waterfronts …
- —John Fischer
The vandals were accused of desecrating graves.
vandals desecrated the cemetery last night by covering the tombstones with graffiti
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First Known Use: 1675See Words from the same year
: to damage (a holy place or object) : to treat (a holy place or object) with disrespect
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