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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of desecration in a Sentence

the communicants were aghast at the desecration of the altar

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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,, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'desecration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of desecration

circa 1717, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about desecration

Statistics for desecration

Last Updated

2 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for desecration

The first known use of desecration was circa 1717

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on desecration

What made you want to look up desecration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!