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 gravitate back into Sunday-school, where you can make love to the preachers 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!

b) To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.

A subsequent owner has desecrated the main hall and robbed it of its grandeur by putting in a floor just beneath the circular windows in order to make an upper room over the hall.

See Also: desecrated, desecration, desecrative, desecrator

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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

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