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desecrate

English

Etymology

From de- + stem of consecrate.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to desecrate

Third person singular
desecrates

Simple past
desecrated

Past participle
-

Present participle
desecrating

to desecrate (third-person singular simple present desecrates, present participle desecrating, simple past and past participle desecrated)
  1. (transitive) To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
    • 1916 — James Whitcomb Riley, The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10.
      It's reform -- reform! You're 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 gravitate back into Sunday-school, where you can make love to the preacher's daughter under the guise of religion, and desecrate the sanctity of the innermost pale of the church by confessions at Class of your 'thorough conversion'!
  2. (transitive) To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  3. (transitive) To inappropriately change.

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