Desecrate

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 Desecrate — Subgénero del Rock, también llamado New Punk o Gore Punk surgido a principios del 2004, de la mano de Caminos del Sonido, banda que recibió el apelativo de Profanadores del Punk tras la edición de Telebasura, su primer álbum. El Desecrate se… …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 8 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

  • 9 desecrate — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 desecrate — desecrater, desecrator, n. desecration, n. /des i krayt /, v.t., desecrated, desecrating. 1. to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office. 2. to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose. 3. to treat with sacrilege; profane. [1665… …

    Universalium

  • 13 desecrate — Synonyms and related words: abuse, adulterate, alloy, befoul, canker, cheapen, coarsen, commit sacrilege, confound, contaminate, convert, corrupt, debase, debauch, defalcate, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature, deprave, depredate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 desecrate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. profane. See disrespect.Ant., venerate. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. defile, commit sacrilege, dishonor, befoul; see profane . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [DES uh krate] to abuse …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 desecrate — des|e|crate [ˈdesıkreıt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: de + consecrate] to spoil or damage something holy or respected >desecration [ˌdesıˈkreıʃən] n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 desecrate — des|e|crate [ desə,kreıt ] verb transitive to deliberately spoil something special or holy ╾ des|e|cra|tion [ ,desə kreıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 desecrate — [[t]de̱sɪkreɪt[/t]] desecrates, desecrating, desecrated VERB If someone desecrates something which is considered to be holy or very special, they deliberately damage or insult it. [V n] She shouldn t have desecrated the picture of a religious… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 desecrate — des·e·crate || desɪkreɪt v. defile, violate, profane, pollute …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 desecrate — [ dɛsɪkreɪt] verb treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect. Derivatives desecration noun desecrator noun Origin C17: from de (expressing reversal) + a shortened form of consecrate …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 desecrate — v. a. Profane, pollute, treat sacrilegiously, pervert to unholy uses …

    New dictionary of synonyms