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They desecrated the cemetery on Halloween night.
  violate the sacred character of something
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  • They desecrated the cemetery on Halloween night.
  • This is the house of God and I will not live to see it desecrated.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • He pointed to the church where the priest desecrated the altar by pouring the blood of dead pigeons...
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree, but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • Listen, Amy, you’re not going to desecrate a church, are you?
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The leaflets denounced the United Nations vote, ordered Jews to ignore it, called the state a desecration of the name of God,
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The desecrated poster had been removed and the wall scrubbed clean.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • She stumbled through her desecrated treasures as if she were wading through a muddy pond, pushed them aside, picked one up and let it drop, staggered on down the long corridor that led to her library.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • ...astonished by the desecration she proposed, I "got mad" at her...
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • We don’t let Sebring Hillman desecrate what’s ours that’s buried there.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die

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  • All of it violated, broken, desecrated, destroyed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • you whose lips desecrated the word love,
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Papa’s fingers desecrated the accordion, murdering song after song, no matter how hard he tried.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • At my request, the soldiers will pay special attention to the shul to make sure the peasants do not desecrate it.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Then she can tell it all over town how we desecrated the Sabbath.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • But then, if Helene finds out why I’m down here in the first place, desecration will be the least of her complaints.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • What is the meaning of this—this desecration?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He banished them, consigned them to the fire, not to desecrate them but to sanctify us.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • In Pakistan we have something called the Blasphemy Law, which protects the Holy Quran from desecration.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • It was easy now to picture what this place would one day become: that sad and desecrated wreck I had first discovered weeks ago.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Maybe that’s not the healthiest thing after desecrating a corpse.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She could still smell the fires that had raged throughout her eighth and ninth years—the smoke of burning books chock-full of ancient, irreplaceable knowledge, the screams of gifted seers and healers as they’d been consumed by the flames, the storefronts and sacred places shattered and desecrated and erased from history.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was built on two Jewish cemeteries that the Nazis had desecrated and destroyed.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • In winter mine was the only boat on the river, the sole craft desecrating the steel gray waters.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It is "a glorious mission . to defend our homes from the spoiler," from "hordes of Northern Hessians," to fight "in defence of innocent girls & women from the fangs of lecherous Northern hirelings," or in "defiance to the Vandal hordes, who would desecrate and pollute our Southern Soil."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Nothing is more grievous to us than the idea of desecration of holy objects and we shall endeavor to take every means at our command to ensure the return of your precious candelabra.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But these pictures are not only mockery, not only desecration.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Your fight, using their methods—and that’s too horrible a desecration.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The enemy is advancing to destroy Russia, to desecrate the tombs of our fathers, to carry off our wives and children.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "And as a proof," added the clerk, "here are the desecrator’s very shoes, which he left behind him."
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Every way the roads ran out at last into the desecrated fields and ended in rubble heaps and rank wet weeds.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Imagine the desecration to the church!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Revolted by the desecration, he asked, "What,who, ate him then?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • On aching knees, her palms spread flat upon the gritty floor, she felt the anger trembling within her, the hurting, helpless anger that answers the sight of desecration.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She thought she was prospering finely, but unconsciously she was beginning to desecrate some of the womanliest attributes of a woman’s character.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • In silence, Bibwit led the Alyssians through the unexpected desecration to a clearing, where they came upon five giant caterpillars whose bodies were coiled beneath them as they smoked from the same ancient hookah.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Langdon was starting to feel like they were common grave robbers, desecrating a personal shrine.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She felt that her marriage vows were desecrated, her dignity insulted; but she had no compassion for the poor victim of her husband’s perfidy.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • I am willing to be patient in all things that are reasonable, but in this, this desecration of the grave, of one who .
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • To one who loves the Florence of Dante and Savonarola there is something portentous in such desecration—portentous and humiliating.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Thus the island was part of a seamless sacred realm that had not been desecrated by an invader’s foot for four thousand years.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A feeling of pain crept over him as he thought of the desecration that was in store for the fair face on the canvas.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I felt the truth of these words; and I drew from them the certain inference, that if I were so far to forget myself and all the teaching that had ever been instilled into me, as — under any pretext — with any justification — through any temptation — to become the successor of these poor girls, he would one day regard me with the same feeling which now in his mind desecrated their memory.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He would read it now; she felt as if her soul’s history were going to be desecrated by him in his present mood.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The murals, some with hundreds of names, are almost never desecrated.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The system of values, shattered in Book I, will only be put back together again ("mended" is too strong a term) at the end, when a ransom long refused is at last accepted by Akhilleus.20 The poem’s final book opens with the gods’ dismay at Akhilleus’ desecration of Hektor’s corpse.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • For a long while he could say nothing, not so much because he was afraid of desecrating the loftiness of his emotion by a word, as that every time he tried to say something, instead of words he felt that tears of happiness were welling up.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If he does not wake to-day we shall understand what kind of a sleep it is, and his body will then be borne to a place in one of the remote recesses of the cave where none will ever find it to desecrate it.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • OLUNDE [mildly] And that is the good cause for which you desecrate an ancestral mask?
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Nor were they less careful to prevent any unhallowed layman from touching the pall, which, having been that used at the funeral of Saint Edmund, was liable to be desecrated, if handled by the profane.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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