desecrate

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verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

Definition of desecrate

desecrated

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desecrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to violate the sanctity of :  profane desecrate a shrine a cemetery desecrated by vandals

  3. 2 :  to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously … the kind of shore development … that has desecrated so many waterfronts … — John Fischer

desecrater

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desecrator

play \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun

Examples of desecrate in a sentence

  1. The vandals were accused of desecrating graves.

  2. vandals desecrated the cemetery last night by covering the tombstones with graffiti

Origin and Etymology of desecrate

de- + -secrate (as in consecrate)


First Known Use: 1675


DESECRATE Defined for English Language Learners

desecrate

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verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

Definition of desecrate for English Language Learners

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


DESECRATE Defined for Kids

desecrate

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verb des·e·crate \ˈde-si-ˌkrāt\

Definition of desecrate for Students

desecrated

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desecrating

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



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