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Why should we desecrate noble and beautiful souls by intruding on them?

They trusted that the conqueror would not dare to desecrate so holy a place.

But how long it is to curse the earth, and desecrate his image, he alone foresees.

What other buggy than his own could be found to desecrate this Christian Sabbath?

We have watched him and his friend—the dog who has dared to desecrate the name of Precursor.

Not the most daring of visitors had ever been known to desecrate that shrine.

Would the experimental lectures of a Faraday, desecrate the building?

A member of the Sanhedrim would not desecrate the Passover by making a purchase on it.

We do not desecrate these principles we entertain by putting them into practice.

We will not desecrate the covenant of our God; our heart shall not fail us.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, formed from de- "do the opposite of" (see de-) + 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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