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desecrate

verb [T] uk   /ˈdes.ɪ.kreɪt/ us  
to damage or show no respect towards something holy or very much respected: The mosque/shrine was desecrated by vandals. It's a crime to desecrate the country's flag.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
desecration
noun [U] uk   /ˌdes.ɪˈkreɪ.ʃən/ us  
People were horrified at the desecration of the cemetery.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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