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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:
Adj.1.desecrated - treated with contempt; "many desecrated shrines and cemeteries"
consecrate, consecrated, dedicated - solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II"
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There exists a monition of the Bishop of Durham against irregular churchmen of this class, who associated themselves with Border robbers, and desecrated the holiest offices of the priestly function, by celebrating them for the benefit of thieves, robbers, and murderers, amongst ruins and in caverns of the earth, without regard to canonical form, and with torn and dirty attire, and maimed rites, altogether improper for the occasion.
Desecrated as the body is, a vengeful ghost survives and hovers over it to scare.
The zeal of the religious fanatic whose altar has been desecrated was triply enhanced by the rage of a woman scorned.
He had wrested the sacred knife from La; he had lain sacreligious hands upon the High Priestess of the Flaming God; he had desecrated the altar and the temple.
Here, O Kulan Tith," he cried, "is he who has desecrated the temples of the Gods of Mars, who has violated the persons of the Holy Therns themselves and turned a world against its age-old religion.
It certainly was little less than sacrilege," replied Grandfather; "but the time was coming when even the churches, where hallowed pastors had long preached the word of God, were to be torn down or desecrated by the British troops.
The Proudfoots must be rich, for no advocate could look to have much business in so remote a quarter; and John hated them for their wealth and for their name, and for the sake of the house they desecrated with their presence.
Anne herself made many, desecrated by no touch of machinery, spending over them the happiest hours of the happy winter.
And, indeed, when Flambeau crossed the hill that morning, he saw that strange being, the just miser, digging at the desecrated grave, the plaid round his throat thrashing out in the mountain wind; the sober top hat on his head.
In the center of the rich red carpet was a black and gold Louis Quinze table, a lovely antique, now sacrilegiously desecrated with marks of glasses and the scars of cigar-stumps.
It is never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.
MINGORA -- An anti-terrorism court here on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to a man who desecrated the Holy Quran.