- desecration 1717, noun of action from DESECRATE (Cf. desecrate).
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DESECRATION — (Heb. חִלּוּל, ḥillul; lit., desanctification or profanation ). In the Bible Desecration occurs when the holy is replaced by the profane or impure, the difference between the two being that the impure must be purified before it can be… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Desecration — • The loss of that peculiar quality of sacredness, which inheres in places and things in virtue of the constitutive blessing of the Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Desecration Desecration … Catholic encyclopedia
Desecration — Des e*cra tion, n. The act of desecrating; profanation; condition of anything desecrated. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
desecration — [des΄i krā′shən] n. a desecrating or being desecrated SYN. SACRILEGE * * * See desecrater. * * * … Universalium
desecration — index blasphemy, defilement, misusage, profanity, violation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
desecration — *profanation, sacrilege, blasphemy Analogous words: defilement, pollution (see corresponding verbs at CONTAMINATE) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
desecration — [n] violation, abuse blasphemy, debasement, defilement, impiety, irreverence, profanation, sacrilege; concepts 246,252 Ant. honor, praise, sanctification … New thesaurus
desecration — [des΄i krā′shən] n. a desecrating or being desecrated SYN. SACRILEGE … English World dictionary
Desecration — For other uses, see Desecration (disambiguation). Desecration (also called desacralization or desanctification) is the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful or contemptuous treatment of that which is held to be… … Wikipedia
desecration — desecrate ► VERB ▪ treat (something sacred) with violent disrespect. DERIVATIVES desecration noun desecrator noun. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + a shortened form of CONSECRATE(Cf. ↑consecration) … English terms dictionary