des·​e·​cra·​tion ˌde-si-ˈkrā-shən How to pronounce desecration (audio)
: 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 On May 3, Davis was charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony offense, arson and desecration of human remains. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 In England, though, many fans perceived it as the further desecration of a cornerstone of national culture: a soccer club’s being treated as an investment to be exploited by a gauche American owner. Bruce Schoenfeld Robert Fass Anna Diamond David Mason, New York Times, 4 May 2024 More protests followed from Native activists who viewed the exhibit as a desecration of their ancestors, with demonstrators tossing dirt into the pit in a gesture toward reburial. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Other states have laws targeting abuse or desecration of a corpse, according to Cornell Law School. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 8 Feb. 2024 In September, Chad Jennings, 34, pleaded guilty to child abuse, first-degree murder, conspiracy and desecration of a human corpse following the death of his son, court records show. Mike Stunson, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 Respecting the dead International law experts say the desecration of burial grounds contravenes the Rome Statute, the 1998 treaty that established and governs the International Criminal Court (ICC) to adjudicate war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 20 Jan. 2024 The Navajo nation objected to human remains being taken to the moon for burial as a desecration. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 The Navajo people, one of the nation's largest indigenous groups, hold the Moon sacred, and putting human remains on the lunar surface amounts to desecration, according to Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desecration was circa 1717

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“Desecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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