Etymology
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desecrate (v.)

"divest of sacred character, treat with sacrilege," 1670s, from de- "do the opposite of" + stem of consecrate. Old French had dessacrer "to profane," and there is a similar formation in Italian; but Latin desecrare meant "to make holy," with de- in this case having a completive sense. Related: Desecrated; desecrating.

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Definitions of desecrate

desecrate (v.)
violate the sacred character of a place or language;
desecrate a cemetery
Synonyms: profane / outrage / violate
desecrate (v.)
remove the consecration from a person or an object;
Synonyms: unhallow / deconsecrate
From wordnet.princeton.edu