desecrate

verb des·e·crate \ ˈde-si-ˌkrāt \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of desecrate

desecrated; desecrating
transitive verb
1 : to violate the sanctity of : profane
  • desecrate a shrine
  • a cemetery desecrated by vandals
2 : to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously
  • … the kind of shore development … that has desecrated so many waterfronts …
  • —John Fischer

desecrater

or desecrator play \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun

Examples of desecrate in a Sentence

  1. The vandals were accused of desecrating graves.

  2. vandals desecrated the cemetery last night by covering the tombstones with graffiti

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Origin and Etymology of desecrate

de- + -secrate (as in consecrate)


DESECRATE Defined for English Language Learners

desecrate

verb

Definition of desecrate for English Language Learners

  • : to damage (a holy place or object) : to treat (a holy place or object) with disrespect


DESECRATE Defined for Kids

desecrate

verb des·e·crate \ ˈde-si-ˌkrāt \

Definition of desecrate for Students

desecrated; desecrating
: to treat a sacred place or sacred object shamefully or with great disrespect


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