v. violate with violence, especially to sacred place
Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders desecrate the sanctuary.
Sentence in Classic:
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.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
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.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Nor were they less careful to prevent any unhallowed layman from touching the pall, which, having been that used at the funeral of Saint Edmund, was liable to be desecrated, if handled by the profane.
A feeling of pain crept over him as he thought of the desecration that was in store for the fair face on the canvas.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde Context