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 The family wondered whether the gash signaled that his internal organs had been removed, a desecration increasingly found among those killed by the military in Myanmar. New York Times, 25 May 2021 The jury is still out on whether director Will Gluck’s 2018 adaptation of Peter Rabbit was a delightfully irreverent reinvention or a pandering desecration of Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s classic. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 24 May 2021 There can be no greater desecration of the memory of the victims of apartheid than ripping the word out of South African soil, detaching it from its original meaning, and weaponizing it in the cause of another form of bigotry. Warren Goldstein, WSJ, 10 May 2021 But, while these foreign corporations are set to get rich off the desecration of Maine's landscape, many residents of the state are likely to be negatively affected. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 29 Apr. 2021 The penalties overwhelmingly were supported by fans in England who pushed back hard on the Super League idea as a desecration of soccer tradition. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 The history of desecration of Indigenous historic and sacred sites spans back over a century in the Southwest. Dr. Len Necefer, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 The suspect was booked into the Weber County jail for investigation of homicide, abuse or desecration of a human body, obstruction of justice and possession of a weapon by a restricted person. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Many feel that what wealthy Stanford has done to its athletic programs is a desecration of the university’s name and once stellar reputation. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 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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5 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Desecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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