A Word A Day : Desecrate

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( Verb )

Pronunciation : des'i-krat'

1. To violate the sacredness of

2. To spoil or mar the sanctity of

3. To treat disrespectfully or irreverently

4. Remove the consecration from a person or an object


Middle English consecraten, from Latin cnsecrre, cnsecrt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sacrre, to make sacred {from sacer, sacr-, sacred}-[DE– + (CON)SECRATE]


1. Defile

2. Violate

3. Profane

4. Pollute

5. Dirty


1. Sanctify

2. Praise

3. Honor

4. Consecrate

Contextual Examples:

• There is no happiness in life and there is no misery like that growing out of the dispositions which consecrate or desecrate a home. — Edwin Hubble Chapin

• None will ever find it easy to desecrate his mind.

Related Word:

1. Desecrater : Noun

2. Desecrator : Noun

3. Desecration : Noun

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