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desecrate
used in Anna Karenina

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Definition
violate the sacred nature of something
  • 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.
    Part Four (63% in)
  • He could not admit that he was mistaken then, for his spiritual condition then was precious to him, and to admit that it was a proof of weakness would have been to desecrate those moments.
    Part Eight (38% in)

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