American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To violate the sacredness of; profane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divest of sacred or hallowed character or office; divert from a sacred purpose or appropriation; treat with sacrilege; profane; pollute.
- v. transitive To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
- v. transitive To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
- v. transitive To inappropriately change.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. violate the sacred character of a place or language
- v. remove the consecration from a person or an object
- From de- + stem of consecrate. (Wiktionary)
- de- + (con)secrate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A standard definition for desecrate is to profane, to abuse, to violate the sacredness of.”
“The dictionary won't help me on this; they all define the word desecrate as strictly a religious term that you might apply to the destruction of objects found in a church or synagogue, certainly not to a secular object like an American flag.”
“To "desecrate" something it has to be sacred in the first place.”
“Good stuff except for one major thing: Right or wrong, believing in a 9/11 conspiracy does not "desecrate" the memory of those who died.”
“Also, I think it's interesting that they should use the term "desecrate" in reference to their proposed amendment.”
“The definitions for "desecrate" revolve around things that are sacred (i.e. derive their status from religious traditions, not civic or governmental).”
“And yeah, there's folks that this is the "very word of a deity" spoken to a guy in Arabia long ago, but if freedom speech and religion means anything, it means the freedom to ridicule, insult, and yes, "desecrate" whatever others think is "holy.”
“There are many Israeli companies that "desecrate" the Sabbath already.”
“A hooligan claiming to be a member of an anti-Scientology group was arrested Wednesday for attempting to "desecrate" the Church of Scientology with a wacky weapon -”
“Saudi King Abdullah said Friday his country will not allow anyone to "desecrate" its lands.”
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