Definition of desecrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

desecrate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desecrate
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪt//
 
he / she / it desecrates
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪts//
 
past simple desecrated
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪd//
 
past participle desecrated
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form desecrating
BrE BrE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪkreɪtɪŋ//
 
Religious buildings
 
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desecrate something to damage a holy thing or place or treat it without respect desecrated graves See related entries: Religious buildings Word Origin late 17th cent.: from de- (expressing reversal) + a shortened form of consecrate.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: desecrate