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

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Examples of desecration in a Sentence

the communicants were aghast at the desecration of the altar
Recent Examples on the Web Managers documented as well the sheer scale of the desecration of the building itself. Peter Baker,, "Impeachment trial reveals the most complete account so far of Jan. 6," 13 Feb. 2021 Managers documented as well the sheer scale of the desecration of the building itself. Peter Baker And Sabrina Tavernise New York Times, Star Tribune, "Impeachment trial stitched together story of a chilling day," 13 Feb. 2021 Managers documented as well the sheer scale of the desecration of the building itself. New York Times, "One Legacy of Impeachment: The Most Complete Account So Far of Jan. 6," 13 Feb. 2021 The mob kept moving, marching toward their next site of desecration. Lauren Rankin,, "How Anti-Abortion Terrorism Fuelled The MAGA Attack On The Capitol," 17 Jan. 2021 Religion has undergirded so many cultures and brought about the destruction and desecration of others. John Mcwhorter, Washington Post, "Biden Should ...," 15 Jan. 2021 My anger continues to grow over today's desecration of the United States Capitol, our nation's home. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Despite voting no on impeachment, Utah Rep. John Curtis receives death threat from Trump supporters," 14 Jan. 2021 At the heart of Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol, a desecration of the seat and symbol of American government that left five people dead, is the baseless claim that November's presidential election was stolen. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "How conservative media stoked baseless election-fraud claims that motivated D.C. rioters," 12 Jan. 2021 It was based on a lie, fed by myth, and culminated in violence, in vandalism, and in the desecration of the people's house. Jeremy Barr, Star Tribune, "Pro-Trump media figures blame 'agitators' for Capitol invasion," 7 Jan. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Desecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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