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desecrate
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
violate the sacred nature of something
  • All this was impudence and desecration, and he repented that he had brought her.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (91% in)
  • To his secret feeling there was something repulsive in a woman's second marriage, and no match would prevent him from feeling it a sort of desecration for Dorothea.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (15% in)

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