transitive verb (-crated; -crating) Etymology: de- + -secrate (as in consecrate) Date: 1675 1. to violate the sanctity of ; profane <
desecrate a shrine
2. to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously <
the kind of shore development…that has desecrated so many waterfronts — John Fischer
desecrater or desecrator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Desecrate — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desecrate — index contaminate, contemn, debase, dishonor (deprive of honor), impair, misemploy, mistreat, pollute, tarnish …   Law dictionary

  • desecrate — (v.) 1670s, formed from de do the opposite of (see DE (Cf. de )) + stem of CONSECRATE (Cf. consecrate). O.Fr. had dessacrer to profane, and there is a similar formation in Italian; but L. desecrare meant to make holy, with de in this case having… …   Etymology dictionary

  • desecrate — [v] abuse, violate befoul, blaspheme, commit sacrilege, contaminate, defile, depredate, desolate, despoil, devastate, devour, dishonor, make lose face*, mess up*, pervert, pillage, pollute, profane, prostitute, ravage, sack*, spoil, spoliate,… …   New thesaurus

  • desecrate — ► VERB ▪ treat (something sacred) with violent disrespect. DERIVATIVES desecration noun desecrator noun. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + a shortened form of CONSECRATE(Cf. ↑consecration) …   English terms dictionary

  • desecrate — [des′i krāt΄] vt. desecrated, desecrating [ DE (sense 4) + (CON)SECRATE] to take away the sacredness of; treat as not sacred; profane desecrater n. desecrator …   English World dictionary

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  • desecrate — UK [ˈdesɪˌkreɪt] / US [ˈdesəˌkreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms desecrate : present tense I/you/we/they desecrate he/she/it desecrates present participle desecrating past tense desecrated past participle desecrated to deliberately spoil… …   English dictionary

  • desecrate — verb /ˈdɛs.ɪ.kreɪt,ˈdɛs.ə.kreɪt/ a) To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something. Its reform reform! Youre going to turn over a new leaf, and all that, and sign the pledge, and quit cigars, and go to work, and pay your debts, and …   Wiktionary

  • desecrate — verb Desecrate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑grave …   Collocations dictionary

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