des·​e·​cra·​tion | \ ˌde-si-ˈkrā-shən How to pronounce desecration (audio) \

Definition of desecration

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

Examples of desecration in a Sentence

the communicants were aghast at the desecration of the altar
Recent Examples on the Web To some of us, any blending of the American flag and the Confederate flag borders on desecration. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Apr. 2022 One observer described the attack with gusto, decrying a surprise attack on families and the subsequent desecration of their bodies. Peter C. Mancall, Time, 22 Mar. 2022 An Ottawa law enforcement spokeswoman said Monday that the police had begun several criminal investigations following the desecration of monuments and other threatening behavior during the weekend protests in Canada’s capital. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 These actions, according to the Estonian parliament, have consisted of murders, enforced disappearances, deportations, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the desecration of corpses. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 And various outbursts of violence are staged awkwardly, with no real sense of danger — the eventual desecration of what little order existed in the junk shop plays almost like comedy. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 Police described the recent throwing of fireworks from inside the mosque, at least one of which caused a small fire in a carpet, as an act of desecration. Andrew Carey, Abeer Salman And Hadas Gold, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Johns Creek, Georgia, agreed in 2021 to allocate $100,000 to the Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery and enforce a law to prevent desecration and vandalism of local cemeteries, said the town’s mayor, John Bradberry. Char Adams, NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 Diana was charged under Article 341, the desecration of structures and damage to property, punishable by up to three years in prison. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Desecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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