desecration

 /ˌdesɪˈkreɪʃən/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
des•e•crate /ˈdɛsɪˌkreɪt/USA pronunciation v. [ + obj],-crat•ed, -crat•ing.

    to violate by treating with disrespect; defile:desecrated the building by painting swastikas on the walls.
des•e•cra•tion /ˌdɛsɪˈkreɪʃən/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

desecrate /ˈdɛsɪˌkreɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to violate or outrage the sacred character of (an object or place) by destructive, blasphemous, or sacrilegious action
  2. to remove the consecration from (a person, object, building, etc); deconsecrate
Etymology: 17th Century: from de- + consecrate

ˈdeseˌcrator, ˈdeseˌcrater n ˌdeseˈcration n



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