• WordNet 3.6
    • n desecration blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Desecration The act of desecrating; profanation; condition of anything desecrated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n desecration The act of diverting from a hallowed purpose or use; deprivation of a sacred character or office; sacrilegious or profane treatment or use.
    • n desecration Synonyms Sacrilege, etc. See profanation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Desecration act of desecrating: profanation
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. desecrāre, -ātumde, away from, and sacrāre, to make sacred—sacer, sacred.


In literature:

In it the mother was sentenced by her son, he felt her memory was but a desecration of this hour.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
It was like the desecration of something sacred.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
After that it had seemed somehow a desecration to put it in a painted scene.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
At least I will withhold my hand from desecrating further that which is still so lovely.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
The dark and hollow eyes opened and met those of the desecrators, and a threatening light seemed to come from them.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
Occasionally we hear of collisions between the followers of Vishnu and Siva or the desecration of temples by hostile fanatics.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Why should we desecrate noble and beautiful souls by intruding on them?
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A body of Englishmen, under Sir Ralph Eure, defeated Arran at Melrose, and desecrated the abbey, the sepulchre of the Douglas family.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
With a fantastic eccentricity of reasoning he regarded it as a sacred thing, to part with which would be a desecration.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
As you love and value your immortal soul, sanctify and do not waste and desecrate the Sabbath.
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte

In poetry:

``The forward quest, the feverish chase,
Foul city, venal mart,
Will cloud the fairness of your face,
And desecrate your heart.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
A temple of Freedom shall rise instead,
On the desecrated site:
And within its shelter alike shall stand
The black man and the white.
"King Cotton" by Horatio Alger Jr
'In vain,' I cried, 'though you too touch
The new time's desecrating hand,
Through all the noises of a town
I hear the heart of fairyland.'
"Modern Elfland" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Say I: "O labor, to despoil
Some lovely forest scene,
Or at the granite stratum toil,
And desecrate whole roods of soil,
Is vandal-like and mean!
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
Spare us the hint of slightest desecration,
Spotless preserve us an untainted shrine;
Not for thy sake, oh goddess of creation,
Not for thy sake, oh woman, but for mine.
"Of F.W.H.M. to One that Smokes" by James Kenneth Stephen
O snows remote, untrod, that gleam secure
From all the desecrating years of Time,
That, vestal still, shall front Eternity,
Thou art to me as some Ideal sublime,
That from its eminence unwon and pure
Speaks with the voice of what my soul might be.
"The Eternal Snows" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

"Virtual flag desecration " or "Political art".
3 face corpse desecration charges.
Hindu temple's desecration evidence of intolerant America.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's department is currently investigating a grave desecration case.
In desecration of crosses, Russia's Orthodox church sees dark warning.
Info sought on desecration of veteran's grave.
Investigators say this three-inch pocketknife with the name "WALLY" scratched into the handle was found near the desecrated grave of Edward John Redhead, a US Navy veteran from WWII who died in 1971.
A Holocaust memorial monument in the southwest of Hungary was desecrated.
Don't defend Marines in Taliban desecration video.
Juvenile suspect implicates self in desecration of vets' plaque in L'burg park.
New documents have emerged detailing detainee allegations of abuse and the desecration of the Quran at a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A still frame taken from a YouTube video purportedly shows Marines who desecrated three dead men thought to be members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
While UA scientists have pushed what they call a first-class observatory, some members of the nearby San Carlos Apache tribe have said the scopes desecrate a holy site.
Report cites attacks, Holocaust denial, property desecration, hate-mongering.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Roman Catholic church officials say nearly 160 graves have been desecrated in the two largest Christian cemeteries in Senegal 's capital.