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desecrate Explained

desecrate at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1674, formed from de- "do the opposite of" + (con)secrate. O.Fr. had dessacrer "to profane," and there is a similar formation in It.; but L. desecrare meant "to make holy," with de- in this case having a completive sense. ///

desecrate at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] [Date: 1600-1700; Origin: de- + consecrate]// to spoil or damage something holy or respected// -- desecration/des[hA366]kre[hA366][hA35D][hA368]n/ n [U] //

desecrate at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "desecrate":
abuse, adulterate, alloy, befoul, canker, cheapen, coarsen,
commit sacrilege, confound, contaminate, convert, corrupt, debase,
debauch, defalcate, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade,
denature, deprave, depredate, desolate, despoil, devalue,
devastate, devour, dishonor, distort, divert, embezzle, foul,
infect, maladminister, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy,
mishandle, mismanage, misuse, peculate, pervert, pilfer, pillage,
poison, pollute, profane, prostitute, ravage, ravish, sack,
spoliate, taint, twist, ulcerate, violate, vitiate, vulgarize,
warp, waste

desecrate at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Misuse): misuse, misemploy, misapply, misappropriate, desecrate, abuse, profane, squander.

[V] (Disrespect): hold in disrespect, despise, disregard, slight, treat with disrespect, disrespect*, browbeat, dishonor, desecrate, insult, affront, outrage, vilify, call names, sling mud at.

[V] (Impiety): profane, desecrate, blaspheme, revile, commit sacrilege.

desecrate at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[VN] to damage a holy thing or place or treat it without respect:
desecrated graves
desecration noun [U]:
the desecration of a cemetery * (figurative) the desecration of the countryside by new roads

Desecrate at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Desecrate \Des"e*crate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desecrated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Desecrating}.] [L. desecratus, p. p. of
desecrare (also desacrare) to consecrate, dedicate; but taken
in the sense if to divest of a sacred character; de- +
sacrare to consecrate, fr. sacer sacred. See {Sacred}.]
To divest of a sacred character or office; to divert from a
sacred purpose; to violate the sanctity of; to profane; to
put to an unworthy use; -- the opposite of consecrate.

The [Russian] clergy can not suffer corporal punishment
without being previously desecrated. --W. Tooke.

The founders of monasteries imprecated evil on those
who should desecrate their donations. --Salmon.

desecrate at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: violate the sacred character of a place or language;
"desecrate a cemetary"; "violate the sanctity of the
church"; "profane the name of God" [syn: {profane}, {outrage},
2: remove the consecration from a person or an object [syn: {deconsecrate}]
[ant: {consecrate}]

desecrate at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2008|January|5



From Inter: term » de- + stem of Inter: term » consecrate.


* Inter: a » RP|US Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛs.ɪ.kreɪt/|/ˈdɛs.ə.kreɪt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"dEs.I.krEIt/|/"dEs.@.krEIt/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-desecrate.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-verb » desecrates|desecrating|desecrated

  • Inter: transitiv » e To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
    1. 1916 — James Whitcomb Riley, The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10.
    2. : 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'!
    3. Inter: transitiv » e To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
    4. Inter: transitiv » e To inappropriately change.
    5. 1913 — William Alexander Lambeth and Warren H. Manning, Thomas Jefferson as an Architect and a Designer of Landscapes.
    6. : 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.

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      * desecrated

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  • desecrative
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    Inter: trans-top » to profane or violate sacredness
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|осквернявам|tr=oskvernjávam|sc=Cyrl
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|褻瀆|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|亵渎|tr=xièdú|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|污辱|tr=wūrǔ|sc=Hani
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|vanhellige
  • Dutch: ontwijden
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|häpäistä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|profaner, Inter: t+ » fr|désacraliser
  • German: Inter: t- » de|entheiligen, Inter: t+ » de|schänden, Inter: t+ » de|entweihen
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|βεβηλώνω|tr=vevilóno|sc=Grek
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|vanhelga
  • Igbo: Inter: tø » ig|mebie
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|冒涜|tr=ぼうとくする, bōtoku-suru|alt=冒涜する|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|冒す|tr=おかす, okasu|sc=Jpan

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|оскрнави|tr=oskŕnavi|sc=Cyrl
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: vanhellige
    • : Nynorsk: vanhelge
    • Polish: bezcześcić, zbezcześcić, profanować, sprofanować
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|spurca
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|осквернять|tr=oskvernjátʹ|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|осквернить|tr=oskvernítʹ|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » ., Inter: t+ » ru|надругаться|tr=nadrugátʹsja|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|mì-choisrig
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|profanar, Inter: qualifier » rare Inter: t- » es|desecrar
    • Swedish: skända, vanhelga

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to remove the consecration
    • French: désécrer
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: krenke, nedverdige, vanhellige, vanære
    • : Nynorsk: krenkje, nedverdige, vanhelge, vanære

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: zeświecczyć
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|mì-choisrig

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to inappropriately change
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|désacraliser, Inter: t+ » fr|profaner
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: krenke
    • : Nynorsk: krenkje

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: zeszpecić

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » ja: 神聖を汚する

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » la: desecrare

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: de » desecrate
    Translation: et » desecrate
    Translation: fr » desecrate
    Translation: ko » desecrate
    Translation: io » desecrate
    Translation: kn » desecrate
    Translation: hu » desecrate
    Translation: mg » desecrate
    Translation: ml » desecrate
    Translation: my » desecrate
    Translation: pl » desecrate
    Translation: sv » desecrate
    Translation: ta » desecrate
    Translation: te » desecrate
    Translation: vi » desecrate
    Translation: zh » desecrate