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to spoil or mar the sanctity of

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violate the sacred character of a place or language

remove the consecration from a person or an object

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Thus white racists envisioned black women, not just black male rapists, as the desecrators of their "civilization"; Minnie's choice to transgress the color line, though she passes from whiteness into blackness, is a perceived threat to white supremacy.
Even so, artful Grande Acquisitors, brahmin grave robbers, shrine desecrators, by degrees made death masks of copped cultures; Inca copper, turquoise, jewelry, Aztec gold and emerald jaguars (they could not mine the sunshine, the light or shadow of the undulating stone Mayan pyramidal snake) stone-tongues alabaster Babylonian tombstones, semi-abstract African masks, attesting to the manifests of Manifest Destiny's slave-ships, galleons and Conestoga wagons: the fine art of holocaust, after holocaust, after.
I don't agree with that solution--it would be removed from its prominent place in the centre of the tourist area, and cemeteries themselves frequently become targets for memorial desecrators.
Columns under famous bylines were given over to the vanished splendor of Tut-Ankh-Amen and the attempts to trace to their fated denouements his far-reaching curses on the desecrators of his golden sarcophagus.
Raw here suggests that although the raven and the wolf "are associated with the battlefield, where they predict a glorious fate," they sometimes emerge even in poems such as Beowulf as "impious desecrators of the human body, analogous to the worms and toads of Christian contemptus poetry such as Soul and Body F as they supply "the final degradation for the corpse on the gallows.
As a Christian humanist, drawing inclusively on the richness of both classicism and Christianity, Merton regarded the warlords of history as the destroyers of the precious legacy of human civilization and as the desecrators of creation itself.
Anthropologists have been described as grave robbers, desecrators, mis-representers, agents of colonization, and, by Gerald Vizenor, as "shit mounds at the end of the trail in social science" (204).
In written accounts, Jews were often described as sorcerers, ritual murderers, and desecrators of the Holy Communion.
Yet in many ways Rand remains an outlier and an oddity on the cultural scene, a cult figure with plenty of worshippers and plenty of desecrators.
A pounds 5,000 reward is offered by Scotland Yard and the hospital for information leading to the identity of the one or more desecrators.
Anthropologists are the grave robbers, the stealers of ceremonial items, the desecrators of rituals, the tools of an oppressive government.
For a discussion of the Croxton Jews and other Jewish desecrators of the host, see Davis introduction to the play in Non-Cycle Plays and Fragments, lxxiii-lxxv.
In these cases, as with Afghanistan, there is no real contradiction between asserting the value of artifacts and the value of people, because the desecrators of the first are the murderers or the oppressors of the second.
We are told that flag desecrators are exercising their right by the First Amendment.
He always did behave this way, this gypsy, this impassioned lover worthy of standing fiercely by his people, before the desecrators caught up with him.