to insult or damage something sacred, Desecrate originated in the 17th century, from de and consecrate, literally, “to make unholy.” Something may be desecrated by speech or action.
– When the terrorists looted the town, many important religious buildings were desecrated.
– In many religions, the presence of an unbeliever can desecrate a sacred place, making purification rituals necessary.
– The vandals desecrated the cemetery with graffiti.
– Most people have great contempt for those who burn and desecrate their national flag as a form of protest.
defile, profane, abuse, pollut
revere, hallow, consecrate
1. to state or affirm that something is true; 2. to use something as a foundation or justification for an action or opinion; 3. to imply something. You may hear an attorney make a statement like, “The charges are predicated on lies.” This means “the charges have been based and developed on lies.” If an idea or argument is predicated on something, it depends on the existence or truth of that thing. So if a lawyer can prove that charges are predicated on lies, they can prove the charges are false.
– One cannot predicate that higher interest rates were the sole cause for our economic recession.
– The sales forecast is predicated on increased customer demand; if we don’t recognize that increase in demand, the forecast will have to be scaled down accordingly.
– The lawyer claimed that the charges against his client were predicated on lies.
– My problem with your business plan is that the success of the company is predicated on the adoption of this new technology, and I’m not so sure that will take place.
affirm, allege, avow, state