deconsecrate vs desecrate what difference

what is difference between deconsecrate and desecrate



de- +‎ consecrate


  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːˈkɒnsəkɹeɪt/


deconsecrate (third-person singular simple present deconsecrates, present participle deconsecrating, simple past and past participle deconsecrated)

  1. To remove the consecration from a church or similar building


  • consecrate



From de- + stem of consecrate.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛs.ɪ.kɹeɪ̯t/, /ˈdɛs.ə.kɹeɪ̯t/


desecrate (third-person singular simple present desecrates, present participle desecrating, simple past and past participle desecrated)

  1. (transitive) To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
    • 1916 — James Whitcomb Riley, The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10.
      It’s reform — reform! You’re going to ‘turn over a new leaf,’ and all that, and sign the pledge, and quit cigars, and go to work, and pay your debts, and gravitate back into Sunday-school, where you can make love to the preacher’s daughter under the guise of religion, and desecrate the sanctity of the innermost pale of the church by confessions at Class of your ‘thorough conversion’!
  2. (transitive) To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  3. (transitive) To change in an inappropriate and destructive manner.
    • 1913 — William Alexander Lambeth and Warren H. Manning, Thomas Jefferson as an Architect and a Designer of Landscapes.
      A subsequent owner has desecrated the main hall and robbed it of its grandeur by putting in a floor just beneath the circular windows in order to make an upper room over the hall.


  • (profane or violate sacredness): defile, unhallow; see also Thesaurus:desecrate
  • (remove the consecration): deconsecrate, desanctify
  • (inappropriately change): pervert

Related terms

  • desecrated
  • desecration
  • desecrative
  • desecrator
  • desecrater



desecrate (comparative more desecrate, superlative most desecrate)

  1. (rare) Desecrated.
    • 1842, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Myster of Marie Rogêt’:
      Here are the very nooks where the unwashed most abound—here are the temples most desecrate.


  • decastere

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