WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to violate by treating with disrespect; defile:desecrated the building by painting swastikas on the walls.
- to divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.
- to divert from a sacred to a profane use or purpose.
- to treat with sacrilege;
- de- + -secrate, modeled on consecrate 1665–75
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged defile, violate, dishonor, pollute, outrage.