Desecrate Meaning

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Desecrate Meaning and Usage

Desecrate is a verb that means 

  • To violate the sacredness of a place, person, or object.
  • To treat with violent disrespect.
  • Removal of consecration from an object, place, or person.

Desecrate Root Word / Origin of Desecrate

To know about the origin of desecrate, we must know the meaning of consecrate. Consecrate means to make or declare something sacred. In English, if we use ‘de’ as a prefix with a word, it reverses the meaning of the given word. Hence, when we replace the prefix ‘con-’ of consecrate with the prefix ‘de-’ we get desecrate. 

The origin of word desecrate is known in the late 17th century.

Desecrate Synonyms

Though synonym of a word does not convey the exact meaning of a word, still somewhere very similar in meaning.

Here are some synonyms of desecrate:

  • Outrage
  • Unhallow
  • Deconsecrate
  • Defile
  • Contaminate
  • Profane
  • Blaspheme

Desecrate Antonyms

Let’s have a look at some of the desecrate antonyms:

  • Consecrate
  • Sanctify
  • Exalt
  • Glorify
  • Venerate
  • Esteem
  • Revere

Forms of the word Desecrate

The Noun form of Desecrate

  1. Desecrator – A person who violates the sanctity of something.
  2. Desecration – The act of disrespect towards something which is considered as sacred.

Above these are the noun forms of desecrate.

The Verb form of Desecrate

Desecrate is a transitive verb. Hence its past participle form is desecrated and the gerund form is desecrating.

The Adjective form of Desecrate

Different forms of the desecrate mentioned above i.e. desecrated, desecrating can be used as an adjective in a sentence according to its context.

Use of Desecrate in a Sentence

This is a little bit tough to use a word in a sentence to convey the right meaning. Have a look at some examples:

  • Foreign invaders attacked India again and again and tried to desecrate the temples there.
  • People were angry when a woman entered the Sabrimala temple. According to their beliefs, the temple was desecrated by the shadow of a female.
  • This holy place was desecrated by vandals.
  • The vandals desecrated the graves last night.
  • If someone destroys national monuments, he is desecrating our common inheritance.
  • This is a crime to desecrate the national flag of one’s country.

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Desecrate Meaning

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