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desecrate

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Definition violate the sacred nature of something
  • They desecrated the cemetery on Halloween night.
desecrated = violated the sacred nature of
  • It may upset a lot of people, but in the U.S. the protected right of free speech makes it legal to desecrate the flag and other sacred symbols.
  • desecrate = violate the sacred nature of
  • This is the house of God and I will not live to see it desecrated.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • desecrated = violated
  • 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
  • desecration = violation of the sacred nature
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The desecrated pages of Mein Kampf were becoming a series of sketches, page after page, which to him summed up the events that had swapped his former life for another.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • desecrated = treated disrespectfully
  • ...astonished by the desecration she proposed, I "got mad" at her...
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • desecration = violation of something sacred
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He pointed to the church where the priest desecrated the altar by pouring the blood of dead pigeons...
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • desecrated = violated the sacred character of
  • The desecrated poster had been removed and the wall scrubbed clean.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • desecrated = damaged in a disrespectful way
  • 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
  • desecration = violation of the sacred character
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • you whose lips desecrated the word love,
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • desecrated = violate the sacred character of
  • All of it violated, broken, desecrated, destroyed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • desecrated = violated the sacred nature of something
  • Then she can tell it all over town how we desecrated the Sabbath.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • desecrated = violated the sacred nature of something
  • Listen, Amy, you're not going to desecrate a church, are you?
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • desecrate = violate the sacred character of a place
  • We don't let Sebring Hillman desecrate what's ours that's buried there.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • desecrate = violate the sacred character of
  • 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
  • desecrate = violate the sacred character of
  • 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
  • desecrating = violating the sacred character of
  • 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
  • desecrated = violated or spoiled or disrespected (of things considered sacred)
  • We shall make sacrifices to cleanse the desecrated land.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • desecrated = violated (of something sacred)
  • Papa's fingers desecrated the accordion, murdering song after song, no matter how hard he tried.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • desecrated = violated (treated without proper respect)
  • The other egwugwu immediately surrounded their desecrated companion, to shield him from the profane gaze of women and children, and led him away.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
desecrated = violated (the sacred nature of something)

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