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

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He was later charged with aggravated murder, child kidnapping, two counts of obstructing justice, and abuse or desecration of a body. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Suspect In Death Of 5-Year-Old Elizabeth Shelley Charged With Child Rape," 7 June 2019 He was also charged with a count of child kidnapping, two counts of obstruction of justice and a count of desecration of a body, authorities said. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah," 6 June 2019 He was accused of aggravated murder, child kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and desecration of a body. Robyn Merrett,, "Girl Allegedly Killed by Her Uncle Buried in Tiny White Coffin Decorated with Butterflies," 5 June 2019 During the desecration, Sam said human remains spilled from the broken coffins. Ben Hohenstatt, The Seattle Times, "Tlingit storyteller on a mission to reinter Alaska Native remains," 24 Nov. 2018 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,, "Burlco man, 26, admits to fatal baseball bat beating," 9 Apr. 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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