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  • to profane, or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something
  • to remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Des"e*crate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desecrated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Desecrating (?).] [L. desecratus, p. p. of desecrare (also desacrare) to consecrate, dedicate; but taken in the sense if to divest of a sacred character; de- + sacrare to consecrate, fr. sacer sacred. See Sacred.] To divest of a sacred character or office; to divert from a sacred purpose; to violate the sanctity of; to profane; to put to an unworthy use; -- the opposite of consecrate.

The [Russian] clergy can not suffer corporal punishment without being previously desecrated.
W. Tooke.

The founders of monasteries imprecated evil on those who should desecrate their donations.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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