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desecrate

verb

Definition: to insult or damage something sacred

Synonyms: defile, profane, abuse, pollute, despoil, pervert, violate, blaspheme

Antonyms: revere, hallow

Tips: Desecrate originated in the 17th century, from de and consecrate, literally, "to make unholy." Something may be desecrated by speech or action.

Usage Examples:

When the invaders looted the town, many important religious buildings were desecrated. (defiled)

In many religions, the presence of an unbeliever can desecrate a sacred place, making purification rituals necessary. (pollute, despoil)

The vandals desecrated the cemetery with graffiti. (defiled, polluted)

Many people have great contempt for those who burn and desecrate the American flag as a form of protest. (defile, despoil)


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