from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To violate the holiness of; profane or desecrate.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To profane; desecrate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To profane; to desecrate.
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- verb To
profane; to desecrate.
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- verb remove the consecration from a person or an object
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Th 'unhallow'd Pentheus only durfl deride The cheated people, and their eyelefs guide.
And that the area, excluding all other forms of worship, might be entirely appropriated to Jupiter, and his temple, which was to be erected upon it, he resolved to unhallow several small temples and chapels, which had been vowed first by king Tatius, in the heat of the battle against Romulus, and which he afterwards consecrated and dedicated.
The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08 Titus Livius
It seems this one single use left such an indelible sacredness upon them, that neither the villainy of the persons, nor the impiety of the design, could be a sufficient reason to unhallow and degrade them to the same common use that other vessels may be applied to.
Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. I. 1634-1716 1823
Truaillighim, & truaillimyiQ pollute, unhallow, or profane.ex. do thruailUgh fé an ceall naomhthay he profaned the iacred church, rb thruail a anam ria craos, he pol - luted his foul with excefs. alfo to
Focalóir gaoidhilge-sax-bhéarla, or An Irish-English dictionary. Whereof the Irish part hath been compiled not only from various Irish vocabularies, particularly that of Mr. Edward Lhuyd; but also from a great variety of the best Irish manuscripts now extant .. 1768