Definition for DES'E-CRATE

DES'E-CRATE, v.t. [L. desecro; de and sacro, to consecrate, from sacer, sacred.]

  1. To divert from a sacred purpose or appropriation; opposed to consecrate; as, to desecrate a donation to a church.
  2. To divest of a sacred character or office. The clergy can not suffer corporal punishment, without being previously desecrated. – Tooke's Russia.

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