des·e·cra·tion | \ˌde-si-ˈkrā-shən \

Definition of desecration 

: an act or instance of desecrating : the state of being desecrated

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Examples of desecration in a Sentence

the communicants were aghast at the desecration of the altar

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Christopher Costello was convicted last month of desecration of human remains and hindering apprehension for helping to bury the body. Robert Moran,, "Burlco man, 26, admits to fatal baseball bat beating," 9 Apr. 2018 Thus, especially in slavery but for all people, cemeteries and mortuary ritual assert our humanity - human dignity - just as their desecration represents its denial. Washington Post, "Virginians work to breathe life into black cemeteries," 7 May 2018 Courtesy of the Mid-America Arts Alliance Related stories from Kansas City Star Public art or desecration? Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Controversial flag removed at KU is flying in KC Crossroads," 12 July 2018 Italian prosecutors charged him in June with murder, drug dealing, and the desecration of a body. Jason Horowitz,, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018 Italian prosecutors charged him in June with murder, drug dealing and the desecration of a body. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics," 7 July 2018 In 1970, Ringgold worked with two other artists to curate the People’s Flag Show, in which artists were invited to display work that challenged desecration laws regarding the flag. Rikki Byrd, Teen Vogue, "The American Flag Was Sewn in Part By A Teenage Black Girl," 4 July 2018 The 16-year-old brother faces charges for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of a human corpse, and a felony firearm possession charge. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "4 Arrests Have Been Made in Oklahoma Killings of Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland," 2 May 2018 Brett is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of a human corpse and possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Lynching 2.0: White Family Charged With Murdering 2 Black Men, Dismembering Bodies," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of desecration

circa 1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of desecration was circa 1717

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to reject or criticize sharply

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