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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: treated with contempt; "many desecrated shrines and
cemeteries" [ant: consecrate, consecrated,
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