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Meaning of DESECRATE

Pronunciation:  'desu`kreyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  remove the consecration from a person or an object
  2. [v]  violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetary"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"

DESECRATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deconsecrate, outrage, profane, violate
 Antonyms: bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify
 See Also: assail, assault, attack, change by reversal, reverse, set on, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Des"e*crate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desecrated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Desecrating}.] [L. desecratus, p. p. of
desecrare (also desacrare) to consecrate, dedicate; but taken
in the sense if to divest of a sacred character; de- +
sacrare to consecrate, fr. sacer sacred. See {Sacred}.]
To divest of a sacred character or office; to divert from a
sacred purpose; to violate the sanctity of; to profane; to
put to an unworthy use; -- the opposite of consecrate.

      The [Russian] clergy can not suffer corporal punishment
      without being previously desecrated.     --W. Tooke.

      The founders of monasteries imprecated evil on those
      who should desecrate their donations.    --Salmon.

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