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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desecrate  \Des"e*crate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Desecrated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Desecrating}.]  [L.  desecratus  p.  p.  of 
  desecrare  (also  desacrare)  to  consecrate,  dedicate;  but  taken 
  in  the  sense  if  to  divest  of  a  sacred  character;  de-  + 
  sacrare  to  consecrate,  fr  sacer  sacred.  See  {Sacred}.] 
  To  divest  of  a  sacred  character  or  office;  to  divert  from  a 
  sacred  purpose;  to  violate  the  sanctity  of  to  profane;  to 
  put  to  an  unworthy  use  --  the  opposite  of  consecrate. 
 
  The  [Russian]  clergy  can  not  suffer  corporal  punishment 
  without  being  previously  desecrated.  --W.  Tooke. 
 
  The  founders  of  monasteries  imprecated  evil  on  those 
  who  should  desecrate  their  donations.  --Salmon. 




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