Definitions for: Desecrate


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: deconsecrate, outrage, profane, violate

Antonyms: bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify

See Also: assail, assault, attack, change by reversal, reverse, set on, turn

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