Definition of desecrate in English:

desecrate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect.

    ‘more than 300 graves were desecrated’
    • ‘A multi-million dollar gold mine with an estimated yield of $1.2 billion threatens to desecrate a sacred site of the Wiradjuri people.’
    • ‘They've ruined our economy, apparently seized our oil and desecrated our sacred sites and our museums.’
    • ‘When someone breaks a circle or desecrates sacred space it is causing disharmony.’
    • ‘Even its cemetery was desecrated, its 400 graves dug up.’
    • ‘Yes, well that's to protect against intruders who want to desecrate this holy room.’
    • ‘Vandals have desecrated graves at a cemetery described as having some of the finest funerary art in the North of England.’
    • ‘But in relation to the new cemetery, I don't believe our youths would stoop so low as to desecrate the graves or vandalise the cemetery.’
    • ‘Then during the American Revolution, the British eliminated the meeting house's role as a public gathering place, desecrating the church by using it as a riding school.’
    • ‘Mindless vandals have desecrated the grave of a stillborn baby for the fourth time in less than five months.’
    • ‘If we buried our dead in the sand, the wild animals would desecrate their memory and dishonor their body.’
    • ‘A tombstone standing over a grave for over 100 years was desecrated and pieces of the headstone were scattered over the area.’
    • ‘Five months after a church was desecrated by vandals, defiant parishioners have rebuilt their place of worship.’
    • ‘Well, it's hurtful to us that someone would desecrate her grave.’
    • ‘About 20 headstones were desecrated at the Church cemetery between Monday, February 2, and Friday, February 6.’
    • ‘A distressed son is calling for greater security at a cemetery after three gravestones were desecrated by vandals.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said: ‘We are hoping that this offence will be detected and people will come forward with the name of the offender or offenders who have desecrated this grave.’’
    • ‘He was sickened when, just months later, vandals desecrated the memorial, built to commemorate villagers who fought in the First World War.’
    • ‘In April, over 40 graves were desecrated and headstone overturned.’
    • ‘A two-minute silence was held and each member of the congregation was invited to lay flowers on those graves desecrated by the yobs.’
    • ‘How dare you desecrate this holy ground with foolish intentions.’
    violate, profane, treat sacrilegiously, treat with disrespect
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    1. 1.1Spoil (something which is valued or respected)
      ‘many lanes are desecrated with yellow lines’
      • ‘There's plenty of narcissism triggers in his background - the highly respected, distant father, whose values he gleefully desecrates even as he treats him with an almost somber respect.’
      • ‘No wonder then that there is panic about this deluge of pornography that is desecrating culture and family values.’
      • ‘Who are these lazy, careless citizens who chose to pollute and desecrate this beautiful area - they cannot all be visitors!’
      • ‘Without exception, the children were incensed at the idea of Scottish battle sites being desecrated by building development.’
      • ‘Local authorities do have more powers of control than they had at first, but there is still a necessity for restraint and more inventive ways of thinking about where to put masts rather than desecrating the countryside.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, apart from desecrating the countryside, wind turbines are diverting resources that could be put to better use.’
      • ‘It is depressing for teachers and pupils alike to see their working environment desecrated by the moronic minority.’
      • ‘Who can possibly consider that they have the right to desecrate our countryside in such a way?’
      • ‘I cannot fathom how an organisation empowered to preserve national heritage sites could desecrate natural resources in this manner.’
      • ‘We're here in the West to revel in wide open spaces, not desecrate them.’
      • ‘Not only is the grey squirrel responsible for the elimination of the red squirrel it is also to blame for damaging our woodlands and desecrating the nests of woodland birds.’
      • ‘He said the people in the caravans had desecrated every area and they would just have to take strong action so that it would not happen again.’
      • ‘However, a Council spokesman said the roots of the trees that had been felled were damaged, and it was not correct to state that they had set out to desecrate the area.’
      • ‘And why, when they live in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles do they want to desecrate the view with this abhorrence?’
      harm, do damage to, injure, mar, deface, mutilate, mangle, impair, blemish, disfigure, vandalize, blight, spoil, defile, desecrate
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Origin

Late 17th century from de- (expressing reversal) + a shortened form of consecrate.

Pronunciation

desecrate

/ˈdɛsɪkreɪt/