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.
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:
Let’s have a look at some of the desecrate antonyms:
Forms of the word Desecrate
The Noun form of Desecrate
- Desecrator – A person who violates the sanctity of something.
- 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.