desecration

noun
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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Following the desecration, the community came to the collective’s defense, with several women protesting in front of the mural topless. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings, both 40, were charged Friday by a state grand jury with desecration of human remains. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "Body left to rot in funeral home 3 years leads to charges," 27 Aug. 2018 The incidents included the desecration of cemeteries in Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘We will arise’: Thousands gather in Seattle for vigil mourning Pittsburgh synagogue massacre," 31 Oct. 2018 Christopher Costello was convicted last month of desecration of human remains and hindering apprehension for helping to bury the body. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of desecration

circa 1717, in the meaning defined above

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