desecration


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des·e·crate

 (dĕs′ĭ-krāt′)
tr.v. des·e·crat·ed, des·e·crat·ing, des·e·crates
To violate the sacredness of; profane.


des′e·crat′er, des′e·cra′tor n.
des′e·cra′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desecration - blasphemous behaviordesecration - blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act

desecration

noun violation, blasphemy, sacrilege, debasement, defilement, impiety, profanation The whole area has been shocked by the desecration of the cemetery.

desecration

noun
An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred:
Translations

desecration

[ˌdesɪˈkreɪʃən] Nprofanación f

desecration

[ˌdɛsɪˈkreɪʃən] n [holy place] → profanation f

desecration

nEntweihung f, → Schändung f

desecration

[ˌdɛsɪˈkreɪʃn] nprofanazione f
References in classic literature ?
A feeling of pain crept over him as he thought of the desecration that was in store for the fair face on the canvas.
I am willing to be patient in all things that are reasonable, but in this, this desecration of the grave, of one who.
It was desecration enough to kneel and timidly raise the gracious little hand to your lips.
He saw that himself; and I think he liked it better than he liked me for the desecration in view; but I had hardened my heart, and his feelings were too fine for actual remonstrance on such a point.
It seemed like desecration, but then we had traveled far, and our necessities were urgent.
There were, it is true, some rigid individuals unable to rise to the height of such a question, who saw in the project a desecration of the sacrament of marriage, but there were not many such and they remained silent, while the majority were interested in Helene's good fortune and in the question which match would be the more advantageous.
All this was impudence and desecration, and he repented that he had brought her.
Al-tan has agreed to aid Du-seen against the Galus of Jor; but there are many of us who have combined to rise against Al-tan and prevent this ruthless desecration of the laws and customs of the Kro-lu and of Caspak.
In her pure and earnest mind her mother's memory was enshrined as that of a saint, and the thought that any one should take her place seemed a terrible desecration.
shrieked the cannibals from the trees, appalled at so awful a desecration, as they saw their chief tumbled into the tub and the sacred dirt rubbed and soused from his body.
It IS out-of-the-way, so it's likely some poor, shiftless, wandering family will rent it--and over-run it--and oh, that would be desecration.
For myself, without claim, without merit, simply by chance I had been allowed to look through the half-opened door and I had seen the saddest possible desecration, the withered brightness of youth, a spirit neither made cringing nor yet dulled but as if bewildered in quivering hopelessness by gratuitous cruelty; self-confidence destroyed and, instead, a resigned recklessness, a mournful callousness (and all this simple, almost naive)--before the material and moral difficulties of the situation.